Saturday, 25 February 2012

Workplace safety and health co-ordinator

(As described in WSH (Construction) Regulations)
(1) For the purposes of section 28 (1) of the WSH Act, a workplace safety and health co-ordinator (WSHC) shall be appointed in respect of every worksite where the contract sum of the building operation or works of engineering construction carried out therein is less than $10 million.
(2) Workplace safety and health co-ordinator (WSHC) shall be appointed by the occupier of worksite. (3) The occupier of the worksite shall not appoint any person as a WSHC unless the person is one —
(a) who has successfully completed a training course to equip him to be a workplace safety and health co-ordinator;
(b) whom the occupier reasonably believes is competent to perform the functions and duties of a workplace safety and health co-ordinator; and
(c) whom the occupier reasonably believes has at least 2 years’ practical experience relevant to the work to be performed by a workplace safety and health co-ordinator.
(4) Any occupier of a worksite who contravenes paragraph (2) or (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $1,000 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.

Duties of workplace safety and health co-ordinator (WSHC)

(1) It shall be the duty of a workplace safety and health co-ordinator to —
(a) assist the occupier of the worksite to identify any unsafe condition in the worksite or unsafe work practice which is carried out in the worksite;
(b) recommend to the occupier of the worksite to implement such reasonably practicable measures to remedy the unsafe condition or unsafe work practice; and
(c) assist the occupier of the worksite to implement such reasonably practicable measures referred to in sub-paragraph (b).
(2) Any workplace safety and health co-ordinator who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a further fine not exceeding $5,000.

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