In Singapore, the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) has started the bizSAFE certification programme. This programme was created to promote the safety and health (WSH) across all workplaces. It needs compliances to be followed across multiple things like certification, registration, accident reporting, compensating injuries attained at work etc.
The bizSAFE program is a program designed across 5 levels with the fifth or highest level given as the bizSAFE STAR level to those who cross all successfully complete all 5 levels:
Level 1: The CEO / Top Management of the company need to complete this bizSAFE workshop, showcasing that they are committed to the bizSAFE programme.
Level 2: In this level, companies need to appoint a Risk Management (RM) champion as their representative wo will complete a risk management course and implement a RM plan in the company.
Level 3: The RM plan implemented in the company at the previous level is now required to comply with the WSH requirements and this can be certified by an independent auditor who is approved by the MOM.
Level 4: This level ensures the systematic use of WSH in the company by requiring the implementation of a Management System (MS) which can be done by a champion appointed for the role.
Level 5: This final and highest level of WSH bizSAFE certification is called the bizSAFE STAR level. This is only achieved once the first 4 levels are completed by the company. To achieve this, the company can obtain any of the below 2 certifications along with the internal audit report for risk management implementation approved by an MOM WSH auditor:
- SS-506 given by the bodies accredited with Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) OR
- OHSAS 18001 (Occupational health and safety management).
The bizsafe STAR level is a testimony to the fact that the top management of the company is committed to making this a safe work place for all. To achieve this STAR level below steps need to be followed:
Step 1 – Get a copy of OHSAS 18001.
Step 2 – A cross cross-functional implementation team needs to be created/
Step 3 – Conduct an analysis of current management of safety and health risks and compare its results to the standard requirements.
Step 4 –Management conducts an audit / review/
Step 5 – Get certified by a registrar.
A renewal audit needs to be successfully completed every 3 years to sustain this bizsafe STAR level certification.
This certification offers a great set of benefits to those achievers. Some important ones for are: It helps increase competitive advantage for companies vs their peers in respective sectors. It helps create a positive corporate image of the company within employees by providing them a safe and healthy place to work. It also helps to cut down on any costs related to insurance etc which may be incurred on account of accidents within their set up.