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  • zulkifli mahmood's Avatar
    4,218 posts since Feb '05
    • Extracted from 'A Guide to the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations' booklet, from page 2 to page 6. Compiled and published by Ministry of Manpower, Occupational Safety and Health Division.

      A Guide to the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid)Regulations

      What is in this section of the Guide?

      This section of the Guide provides a brief explanation of the main features in the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations to assist you in complying with the Regulations.

      Why is there a need for First-Aid Regulations?

      The life of an injured employees may depend on proper first-aid given within the first few minutes of an accident. Besides saving lives, first-aid treatment is important in preventing further injury and pain. The requirement for first-aid treatment in the workplace is not new and was defined in Section 58 of the Factories Act as well as the Factories (First-Aid) Regulations 1995.

      In the new framework for occupational safety and health in Singapore, the Workplace Safety and Health Act replaces the Factories Act with effect from 1 March 2006. This Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations is one of the subsidiary legislation under the new Act.

      Where will the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations apply?

      The Regulations will apply in the following workplaces.

      1. Any premises which is a factory.

      2. Any premises within an airport where any checking, inspecting, cleaning,
      loading, unloading or refueling of an aircraft is carried out by persons other
      than by the crew of the aircraft.

      3. Any ship in a harbour where any of the following is carried out:
      a. scaling, scurfing or cleaning of boilers, including combustion chambers
      and smoke boxes, in the ship;
      b. cleaning of any tank, bilges or holds in the ship;
      c. construction, re-construction, repair, fitting, furnishing or breaking up.

      4. Any laboratory or other premises where the testing, examination or
      analysis of any article is carried out.

      What are the responsibilities of the employer or occupier of the workplace?

      If you are an employer or occupier of the workplace, you are responsible for the following:

      * provision and maintenance of first-aid box,
      * appointment and training of first-aiders,
      * provision and maintenance of first-aid room,
      * provision of suitable facility for quick drenching of body or flushing of eyes
      where toxic or corrosive substances are used.

      What factors do I have to consider in carrying out my responsibilities as an employer or occupier?

      When deciding on the number of equipment, first-aiders, and facilities for your workplace, you should consider the following factors:

      * type of industry, the nature and specific hazards of the work,
      * number of employees,
      * number of work shifts,
      * physical layout of the workplace,
      * known occurrences of accidents or illnesses,
      * location of the workplace in relation to the nearest medical clinic or
      hospital,
      * work during holidays.
      * first-aiders on sick leave.

      The Safety Committee in the workplace should periodically review the first-aid facilities to ensure that these facilities are adequate.

      Provision and Maintenance Of
      First-aid Box


      What should be provided in the first-aid box and how should it be maintained?

      Content of First-Aid Box

      The required minimum contents of first-aid boxes are listed in Annex A.

      First-aid boxes should not contain materials other than those required for first-aid treatment.

      It is essential that first-aid boxes be checked frequently to make sure they are fully equipped and all items are usable. Used or expired items should be replaced as soon as possible.

      Number of First-Aid Boxes

      The number of first-aid boxes required depends on the physical layout of the premises and the number of employees.

      There should be at least one first-aid box on each floor of the premises. The total number of first-aid boxes required should be sufficient for use by all employees.

      Ration Of Employees To First-Aid Boxes

      No. of employees And No./ type of first-aid boxes

      Less than 25 employees at least one Box A

      At least one Box A at least one Box B

      Every100 employees at least one Box C

      Note: One box B is equivalent to two Box A.
      One Box C is equivalent to two Box B.

      Accessibility of First-Aid Boxes

      The first-aid box should be labeled clearly and placed in an unmistakably identified, well-illuminated and easily accessible location. The first-aid box must be made of sturdy material and be portable so that it can be quickly taken to the site of an accident.

      Where the factory covers a large area, an adequate number of first-aid boxes should be provided and well distributed throughout the premises. Employees should be informed of the location of all the first-aid boxes.

      Edited by zulkifli mahmood 08 May `07, 4:57PM
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  • zulkifli mahmood's Avatar
    4,218 posts since Feb '05
    • Originally posted by Ah Cek:
      why in AA?

      Hello Ah Cek,

      Sorry, can you repeat your question again. I don't get what you mean. Thanks.

      Joe

    • Originally posted by FireIce:
      maybe can be in SCDF forum?

      Hello FireIce,

      I understand now what you and Ah Chek mean here?

      This is a forum and lets say that if this regulation is mandatory for all business industry in Singapore to adhere, would you agree then?

      Thanks.

      Joe

  • starExcaliblur's Avatar
    379 posts since Nov '04

    • What they meant is that you posted in the wrong forum, this forum is more for people to voice out / type their agonies / problems

      Unless you means adhering to the workplace safety and health (first-aid) regulations is an agony to you Twisted Evil

      Edited by starExcaliblur 08 May `07, 8:28PM
  • fudgester's Avatar
    25,382 posts since Jan '04
    • Originally posted by zulkifli mahmood:
      Hello FireIce,

      I understand now what you and Ah Chek mean here?

      This is a forum and lets say that if this regulation is mandatory for all business industry in Singapore to adhere, would you agree then?

      Thanks.

      Joe

      Dude, this is the Aunt Agony forum.

      You should be posting this in more appropriate forums such as the SCDF forum.

  • turbo_drift's Avatar
    22,531 posts since Feb '07
    • Originally posted by Ah Cek:
      why in AA?
      Originally posted by FireIce:
      maybe can be in SCDF forum?

      Hey Zulkifi, let me simplify it for u ok??

      It means posted in the wrong forum..

      Cheers..

  • dork3d's Avatar
    4,740 posts since Feb '06
    • Originally posted by zulkifli mahmood:
      [b]Extracted from 'A Guide to the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations' booklet, from page 2 to page 6. Compiled and published by Ministry of Manpower, Occupational Safety and Health Division.

      A Guide to the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid)Regulations

      What is in this section of the Guide?

      This section of the Guide provides a brief explanation of the main features in the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations to assist you in complying with the Regulations.

      Why is there a need for First-Aid Regulations?

      The life of an injured employees may depend on proper first-aid given within the first few minutes of an accident. Besides saving lives, first-aid treatment is important in preventing further injury and pain. The requirement for first-aid treatment in the workplace is not new and was defined in Section 58 of the Factories Act as well as the Factories (First-Aid) Regulations 1995.

      In the new framework for occupational safety and health in Singapore, the Workplace Safety and Health Act replaces the Factories Act with effect from 1 March 2006. This Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations is one of the subsidiary legislation under the new Act.

      Where will the Workplace Safety and Health (First-Aid) Regulations apply?

      The Regulations will apply in the following workplaces.

      1. Any premises which is a factory.

      2. Any premises within an airport where any checking, inspecting, cleaning,
      loading, unloading or refueling of an aircraft is carried out by persons other
      than by the crew of the aircraft.

      3. Any ship in a harbour where any of the following is carried out:
      a. scaling, scurfing or cleaning of boilers, including combustion chambers
      and smoke boxes, in the ship;
      b. cleaning of any tank, bilges or holds in the ship;
      c. construction, re-construction, repair, fitting, furnishing or breaking up.

      4. Any laboratory or other premises where the testing, examination or
      analysis of any article is carried out.

      What are the responsibilities of the employer or occupier of the workplace?

      If you are an employer or occupier of the workplace, you are responsible for the following:

      * provision and maintenance of first-aid box,
      * appointment and training of first-aiders,
      * provision and maintenance of first-aid room,
      * provision of suitable facility for quick drenching of body or flushing of eyes
      where toxic or corrosive substances are used.

      What factors do I have to consider in carrying out my responsibilities as an employer or occupier?

      When deciding on the number of equipment, first-aiders, and facilities for your workplace, you should consider the following factors:

      * type of industry, the nature and specific hazards of the work,
      * number of employees,
      * number of work shifts,
      * physical layout of the workplace,
      * known occurrences of accidents or illnesses,
      * location of the workplace in relation to the nearest medical clinic or
      hospital,
      * work during holidays.
      * first-aiders on sick leave.

      The Safety Committee in the workplace should periodically review the first-aid facilities to ensure that these facilities are adequate.

      Provision and Maintenance Of
      First-aid Box


      What should be provided in the first-aid box and how should it be maintained?

      Content of First-Aid Box

      The required minimum contents of first-aid boxes are listed in Annex A.

      First-aid boxes should not contain materials other than those required for first-aid treatment.

      It is essential that first-aid boxes be checked frequently to make sure they are fully equipped and all items are usable. Used or expired items should be replaced as soon as possible.

      Number of First-Aid Boxes

      The number of first-aid boxes required depends on the physical layout of the premises and the number of employees.

      There should be at least one first-aid box on each floor of the premises. The total number of first-aid boxes required should be sufficient for use by all employees.

      Ration Of Employees To First-Aid Boxes

      No. of employees And No./ type of first-aid boxes

      Less than 25 employees at least one Box A

      At least one Box A at least one Box B

      Every100 employees at least one Box C

      Note: One box B is equivalent to two Box A.
      One Box C is equivalent to two Box B.

      Accessibility of First-Aid Boxes

      The first-aid box should be labeled clearly and placed in an unmistakably identified, well-illuminated and easily accessible location. The first-aid box must be made of sturdy material and be portable so that it can be quickly taken to the site of an accident.

      Where the factory covers a large area, an adequate number of first-aid boxes should be provided and well distributed throughout the premises. Employees should be informed of the location of all the first-aid boxes.[/b]

      Workplace Safety & Health Act implemented on 01 March 2006.

      It replaces all Factory Acts regulations as Factories Acts are too vague and thus required a new regulation that encompassed all workplaces in Singapore.

      Under WSH Act 2007, there are other regulations like WSH (First Aid) Regulations, WSH (General Provisions) Regulations, WSH (Risk Management) Regulations and so on...

      The aim of implementing WSH Act is primary to reduce the fatality rate, to educate and encourage everyone to play a part in maintaining workplace safety and health, and also to instill greater ownership of employers to take serious thoughts on WSH through the enhanced penalities...

  • turbo_drift's Avatar
    22,531 posts since Feb '07
    • Originally posted by fudgester:
      Dude, this is the Aunt Agony forum.

      You should be posting this in more appropriate forums such as the SCDF forum.
      Originally posted by FireIce:
      maybe can be in SCDF forum?

      To Zulkifi,

      Just in case u (zulkifi) don't know where SCDF is..

      Here's the link Arrow Singapore Civil Defense Force Forum

      Cheers..

      Edited by turbo_drift 08 May `07, 8:36PM
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