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With effect from 1 Nov 2008, the revised Workplace Safety and Health (Regulation of Factories) Regulations 2008 require factories to submit a Notification or apply for a Certificate of Registration (CR) with the Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) before commencing operations.
Factories that require Notification
The new factory notification system applies to all factories EXCEPT:
- Construction worksites
- Petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical factories
- Wafer fabrication factories
- Metalworking factories with 100 or more persons employed
|New Factories under Factory Notification
||Existing Factories under Factory Notification
|Factories are required to submit a one-time Notification (inclusive of a mandatory Risk Management (RM) Declaration) with the Commissioner for WSH.
||Factories that are currently registered with the Commissioner for WSH with CR/Factory Permit (FP) that will expire after 31 Oct 08, will ONLY need to make a Risk Management (RM) Declaration.
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A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real harm.
In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, or cupboard drawers are kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your workforce – is protected.
The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’. KAV INTERNATIONAL SERVICES PTE LTD will guide you how to achieve that with a minimum of fuss.
This is not the only way to do a risk assessment, there are other methods that work well, particularly for more complex risks and circumstances. However, we believe this method is the most straightforward for most organizations.
A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures. Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect your business too if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace so that you put in place a plan to control the risks.
Step 1: Identify the hazards
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4: Record your findings and implement them
Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary
First you need to work out how people could be harmed. When you work in a place every day it is easy to overlook some hazards, so here are some tips to help you identify the ones that matter:
- Walk around your workplace and look at what could reasonably be expected to cause harm.
- Ask your employees or their representatives what they think. They may have noticed things that are not immediately obvious to you.
- Alternatively, call KAV INTERNATIONAL SERVICES PTE LTD, who will identify hazards that might affect your business and provide practical advice on workplace health and safety.
- Have a look back at your accident and ill-health records – these often help to identify the less obvious hazards.
- Remember to think about long-term hazards to health (eg high levels of noise or exposure to harmful substances) as well as safety hazards.
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