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Construction industry recruitment to get levy relief for training foreign workers in safety
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get levy relief for training foreign
workers in safety.
In response to the recent spate of construction-related deaths involving foreign
workers, construction firms will receive foreign workers levy relief, with the purpose
of construction industry recruitment, if training in safety is provided for foreign
workers. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Manpower, Sam
“By recognising Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) trained work permit holders
as R1 workers, more companies can retain their skilled and experienced EHS
workers as they enjoy a longer employment period of up to 22 years and lower
levies. Employers will also have greater flexibility in deploying these multi-skilled
workers on-site, reducing downtime and improving productivity. The sector’s WSH
standards and quality of the construction workforce in Singapore will naturally
The construction sector was responsible for 41 percent of all workplace related
deaths last year. Inspections conducted by the Ministry of Manpower on more
than 800 construction firms in May found over 1000 health and work related
violations. Since the start of 2016, there had been 17 deaths – an increase of almost
two-fold compared to the same time frame for 2015.
More severe penalties have also been imposed on the construction industry
recruitment, including an increased minimum Stop Work Order period of 2-3 weeks,
boosting the “Business Under Surveillance” programme, and suspension from hiring
new foreign workers.
Conditions on how to receive the levy relief.
A relief of $350 will be given for basic skilled R2 workers with at least six years of
construction experience and are certified by the Building and Construction
Authority (BCA). Employers will also be able to retain R1 higher-skilled workers for
22 years, R2-graded workers for 10 years.
R2 Workers with six years of construction experience and possess a Skills
Evaluation Certificate (knowledge) or SEC (K) can be certified as R1 workers if they
also complete a 120-hour safety training course to obtain WSQ Advanced Certificate
in Work Safety (WS).
The government is also taking steps to raise construction-related health, safety and
environmental awareness through promotional campaigns. It is also strengthening its
enforcement measures and getting the industry to follow Design and Safety