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The extension of the Heightened Safety Period to 31 May 2023 and the imposition of additional measures are to counter the increase in the annualised major injury rate.

In brief

Due to workplace safety and health (WSH) concerns arising from the lack of improvement in rates of workplace fatalities and a rise in major injuries in certain sectors, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced the following:

These additional measures may apply not only to the subcontractor as the employer responsible for its workers safety and health but also to the procurement processes for the whole supply chain comprising the multiple layers of subcontracting and outsourcing of work.

We summarise below the key takeaways for compliance with the additional measures and the IAP Recommendations.

Key takeaways

To emphasise the personal accountability of the employer’s senior leadership and to ensure compliance with the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006 (WSHA) and related regulations, the MOM will adopt the stronger measures, including the following:

  • Requiring the chief executive officers and boards of directors of employers found to have serious WSH lapses following serious or fatal workplace accidents to attend a mandatory half-day in-person enhanced version of the existing bizSAFE training for senior management; holding corporate senior leadership personally accountable and requiring them to take responsibility for WSH rectifications.
  • Increasing the maximum fines, from SGD 20,000 to SGD 50,000, for breaches of the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006 (WSHA) and related regulations that could result in death or serious bodily injury, in order to enhance deterrence for WSHA breaches.

Note that the WSHA also imposes WSH duties on all principals of contractors and subcontractors where the principal:

  1. Engaged the contractor.
  2. Directs the work of the contractor.

Companies engaging the services of contractors should note that one of the key IAP Recommendations is to extend WSH oversight to contractors in the whole supply chain as a response to the practice of multiple layers of subcontracting and outsourcing of work, which could dilute safety and health responsibilities and contribute to workplace injuries.

Hence, the IAP recommends the following for the main contractor / service buyer:

  • Assess potential contractors/vendors based on their past safety performances.
  • Use procurement contracts to require companies in the supply chain to improve WSH by, for example, incorporating specific safety requirements.

Accountability on contractors/vendors should be applied to all levels of subcontracting, and not just the main-contractors and prime subcontractors.


Celeste is a Principal in our Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups. Her practice encompasses corporate and commercial dispute resolution, compliance and investigations. She has significant experience acting for global clients in cross-border disputes and advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues in the context of cross-border investigations. Celeste also has a particular focus in employment, particularly contentious employment work and employee investigations, and currently heads Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Practice. Celeste has been recognised as a 'Litigation Star' in the Labor and Employment space by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2021 and has been ranked Band 1 in Employment in Singapore by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2019 to date. She is recognised as "highly regarded in Singapore for her employment law advice, handling unfair dismissal claims and retrenchments"; a "source praises her 'very responsive and practical advice'" and that "Celeste is a brilliant lawyer and is able to provide effective advice to clients in a timely manner." Celeste is also ranked as a Leading Individual in Labour and employment in Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 and noted as "a litigator with a strong record in employment disputes" and in the foreign firms section as "a dispute resolution specialist with an extensive record in contentious employment matters".


Kelvin is a principal in the Corporate & Securities, Investment Funds and Employment Practice Groups in Singapore. Kelvin is recognised by various legal publications as a leading lawyer for investment funds and employment in Singapore.


Ng Zhao Yang is a local principal in the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in Singapore. He has over 7 years of experience advising regional and multinational clients on employment law and immigration matters in Singapore. He has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as the only Associate to Watch for the Singapore Employment section since 2017. Clients who spoke to Chambers described him as an "extremely effective individual" who is "very responsive, pragmatic and able to communicate in a very simple and effective style". He has also achieved Rising Star status in the "Singapore - Labour and employment - Local firms" category for the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

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