Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review of Subsidiary Legislation under Factories Act


Review of Subsidiary Legislation under Factories Act

With the enactment of the WSH Act on 1 March 2006, subsidiary legislation made under the Factories Act continued to remain in force by virtue of the transitional provision in Section 66(14) of the new Act.

Nonetheless, a crossover of these subsidiary legislation to the WSH Act had to be undertaken
to ensure that they are in-line with the new WSH framework.  With active industry consultation,
OSHD undertook a review of the remaining subsidiary legislation, guided by the following objectives:

• Reviewing the original intent to establish whether it is still valid under the new regime;
• Updating the provisions and relevant terminologies;
• Clarifying the intended duty holder for the provision; and
• Introducing provisions for offences and penalties in case of any breach within the Regulations
Subsidiary Legislation under Review
In 2007, five  draft Regulations were put up for public consultation:
• WSH (Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing) Regulations
• WSH (Scaffolds) Regulations
• WSH (Abrasive Blasting) Regulations
• WSH (Medical Examination) Regulations
• WSH (Noise) Regulations
Subsidiary Legislation and Government Gazette Enacted in 2007
• WSH (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification 2007
• WSH (WSH Officers) Regulations 2007
• WSH (Construction) Regulations 2007
• WSH (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2007

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