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SAFETY CIRCULAR ON
SAFE WORK PROCEDURES
OSD/SC002/2000

By Occupational Safety and Health Division
Ministry of Manpower


Identification of Hazards and Injuries
Before any work specified in the Twelfth

INTRODUCTION

Schedule is carried out, the potential
Safe work procedures are sequence of

hazards to which persons could be exposed

plan of actions, in consistent with the

at the workplace must be identified. The

generally accepted safe and sound practice,

injuries and harms that could arise from

established for the purpose of carrying out

such hazards must also be identified.

work safely.

Such safe work procedures

should be made readily available at the
workplace.

LEGAL OBLIGATIONS UNDER SECTION
47A OF THE FACTORIES ACT
Section

47A

of

the

Factories

Act

requires that safe work procedures be
implemented for certain types of work
carried out in factories. The types of work
are stipulated in the Twelfth Schedule.

Work at height

Example of such types of work are work in a
confined space and work at a place where a



Elimination of Hazards

person is liable to fall a distance of more

Having identified the hazards that could

than 3 metres or into any substance that is

be encountered in the execution of the

likely

work, appropriate measures must then be

to

cause

drowning,

poisoning,

chemical burns or asphyxiation.

taken to reduce and, where possible,
eliminate such hazards.

Safety Circular on Safe work Procedures

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Scope of Safe Work Procedures and
Documentation

work, Job Safety Analysis is normally used

The scope of safe work procedure must



in the work. The process for the Job Safety

to systematically examine the task involved

include:

Analysis involved in a typical work are as

(a)

follows:

the provision of suitable personal
protective equipment to persons
carrying out the work; and

(b)

(a)

could

the course of work and during an

established

safe

work

(written) and produced for inspection
when requested by an inspector of

(b)

(c)

done

through

group

Identify potential safety and health

Verify that nothing about the task
can be changed to make it safer and

involved

in

the

(d)

of

measures to reduce

the
or

ESTABLISHMENT
PROCEDURES

OF

SAFE

(e)

Develop control measures or safety

carry out the work. In establishment of the
safe work procedures of a particular type of

Safety Circular on Safe Work Procedures

to

deal

with

an

emergency should it occur during

WORK

planned step-by-step sequence of actions to

personal

task.

precautions

Safe work procedures provide a careful

of

area encountered in each step of the

eliminate the

must observe and comply with them.

types

each potential hazard or problem

appropriate

hazards. The persons involved in the work

suitable

protective equipment, to be taken for

informed of the established safe work
including

Develop control measures or safety
precautions, including the provision

work

specified in the Twelfth Schedule must be
procedures,

be

easier.

Dissemination of and Compliance
with Safe Work Procedures
persons

its

hazards within each step of the task.

factories.

All

into

and resource personnel.

procedures must be documented



task

discussion with or by knowledgeable

emergency.
The

the

individual steps or activities. This

the safety precautions to be taken in

(c)

Breakdown

execution of the work.
(f)

Write standard safe work procedures
based

on

the

analysis

and

incorporating the derived control
measures and safety precautions.

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TWELFTH SCHEDULE

A flow chart on the establishment of the
safe work procedures is at Annex.
It would be useful to check out the safe

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