Monday, October 10, 2011

Factory Registration & Notification

Factory Notification & Registration

Factory Notification

Factory owners are required to either notify or register their premises with MOM before operations begin. Factories with lower risk activities requires only a one-time notification to MOM before commencing operations. This notification is inclusive of a Risk Management (RM) Declaration with the Commissioner for WSH.

Factory Registration (Group A, Group B)

Factory owners are required to either notify or register their premises with MOM before operations begin. Factories with higher-risk activities are required to register with MOM before beginning operations, subject to renewals if they fall under certain categories.

One-time Factory Registration Scheme (Group A) 

One-time Factory Registration is applicable to the following classes of factories:
  • Construction worksites
  • Shipbuilding and ship-repairing yards
  • Pharmaceutical plants
  • Wafer fabrication plants
  • Metalworking factories with 100 or more persons employed

New factories under Group A

New Factories under Group A are required to perform the following:
  • Submit a new One-time Factory Registration to the Commissioner
  • Declare that factory has implemented Risk Management (RM) at the point of registration 
  • Conduct Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) Audit within two months from the commencement of operations.
  • A Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) Audit/Internal Review must be conducted and submitted to MOM via the Online Business Licensing Services (OBLS) update function within two months of the issuance of the Certificate of Registration (CR). Failing to do so may result in the revocation of your CR.

Existing factories under Group A

Existing Factories under this scheme will need to know that:
  • Certificates of Registration (CR) that expired before 28 February 2010 must be renewed. CRs with expiry dates on or after 28 February 2010 will remain valid throughout the lifetime of the factory unless it is revoked.
  • Companies should have received a letter from MOM in early February 2010 to inform them of the new policy changes and any actions that may be required.


Renewable Factory Registration Scheme (Group B)

Renewable Factory Registration is applicable to the following classes of factories:
  • Refineries;
  • Petrochemical plants;
  • Bulk storage terminals with storage capacity of 5,000 or more cubic metres of toxic or flammable liquid; and
  • Chemical plants engaged in the manufacturing of fluorine, chlorine, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide or synthetic polymers.

New factories under Group B

New factories under this scheme will need to:

  • Submit a new Renewable Factory Registration to the Commissioner.
  • Declare that factory has implemented Risk Management (RM) at the point of registration.
  • Submit established Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies at the point of registration and Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) at least 3 months prior to registration with the Commissioner.
  • Conduct Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) Audit within two months from the commencement of operations.
  • A Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) Audit/Internal Review must be conducted and submitted to MOM via the Online Business Licensing Services (OBLS) update function within two months of the issuance of the Certificate of Registration (CR). Failing to do so may result in the revocation of your CR.

Existing Factories under Group B

For existing factories under the Renewable Factory Registration Scheme (Group B), existing Certificates of Registration will remain valid until the specified expiry date.

You will need to renew your Certificate of Registration after it expires. MOM will conduct checks on your factory's Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), such as the Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), when you apply for your CR renewal.


Factory Notification

New factories that do not require Factory Registration to register with MOM are required to submit a one-time Factory Notification. This notification is inclusive of a Risk Management (RM) Declaration to the Commissioner for WSH. Factory notification applies to all factories EXCEPT:
  • Construction worksites
  • Shipyards
  • Petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical factories
  • Wafer fabrication factories
  • Metalworking factories with 100 or more persons employed
  • Refineries
  • Petrochemical plants
  • Bulk storage terminals with storage capacity of 5,000 or more cubic metres of toxic or flammable liquid; and
  • Chemical plants engaged in the manufacturing of fluorine, chlorine, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide or synthetic polymers 

Online Risk Management Declaration for Factories Converting to the Factory Notification Scheme

If your factory's Certification of Registration (CR) or Factory Permit (FP) expires on or after 31 Oct 08, you only need to make a Risk Management (RM) Declaration. Factories that have been informed that they fall under the Factory Notification Scheme during the scheme’s implementation on 1 November 2008 need to make a Risk Management (RM) Declaration. The unconsumed portion of your CR or FP will be refunded. You will need to have your SingPass, your organisation's ACRA Number and your Factory Number on hand.

Declaration of Risk Management for Factories (only applicable for factories that are converted from the registration scheme to the notification scheme on 1 November 2008).

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