Implemented in 2006, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act of Singapore holds stakeholders and business owners accountable for keeping their workers safe. This act covers all workplaces except those exempted, hazardous substances like explosive, corrosive, flammable substances, and machinery and equipment, like MHE, such as forklifts.
Four key features mark the WSH act:
1. The placement of all responsibility on its stakeholders to ensure safety at the workplace.
2. A focus on the outcomes of these measures, not mere compliance or observance.
3. The proper enforcement through the issuance of remedial orders.
4 . Imposition of higher penalties for violators.
To give you an idea of some of the higher penalties, here is a list of offences and their corresponding fines:
1. For general penalties:
• Individuals must pay $200,000 after their first conviction and $400,000 for any repeat convictions – they could face up to 2 years imprisonment, too.
• Corporations must pay $500,000 after their first conviction and $1,000,000 for any repeat convictions.