Learning is a lifelong process. Workplaces, regulations and technologies will continue to evolve.  It is therefore imperative that WSHOs continue to improve and enhance their knowledge and skills to keep pace with these developments. Helping WSHOs stay competent and relevant to the environment in which they operate is a core goal of this Continuing Professional Development programme.  

Under the CPD programme, all WSHOs are required to continually upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with new developments and  professional practices and apply new ideas and procedures to their work or areas of speciality.  This ensures that WSHOs can continually add value to the organisations that employ them.

To accomplish this, WSHOs will be required to undergo or participate in approved structured  activities, as defined in the CPD programme for WSHOs.

  • A CPD  Board, chaired by a senior WSHC officer, senior members of WDA and with senior members of SISO, are responsible for evaluating and accrediting SDU Points for WSH-related programmes.
  • The Board ensures that the programmes are current and of relevance to the profession, in accordance with the objectives of the CPD programme.
  • Organisers of structured programmes or activities, like local tertiary institutions, professional and allied WSH institutions, Government agencies and other
  • commercial course providers, are required to submit their applications to the CPD Board for evaluation.

Structured activities under MOM's "Continuing Professional Development Programme for Workplace Safety and Health Officers (WSHO)" are as follow:

Category

Criteria

SDUs

Category A1 (a):

Approved formal study courses

Relevant post-graduate or diploma courses on safety & health.
For example:

  • MSc (Safety, Health & Environmental Technology)
  • Adv.Dip ( Safety, Health & Environmental Management)

1 SDU for each contact hr

Category A1 (b)

Approved lectures, short courses, conferences, workshops & seminars

Lectures, short courses, conferences, workshops & seminars that are relevant to registered safety officer on safety & health matters. For example:

  • Seminars on regulatory requirements by government agencies such as OSHD, BCA, SCDF, ENV, LTA etc
  • "Safety & Health programme" organised by SISO
  • Workshops and seminars on safety & health conducted by local tertiary institutions.

1 SDU for each contact hr

Category A1 (c)

Approved In-house training

Approved In-house training courses which are relevant to WSHO to safety, health, professional development, legal or regulatory matters. (CV of speakers to be similar to category 1(a) or 1(b). For details of CV requirements, please refer to Framework for Accreditation)

1 SDU for each contact hr

Category A2:

Participation in professional Boards, committees & Societies

a) Member of Boards of local safety & health institutions or relevant government agencies. For example:

  • Board member of OSHD, BCA, SCDF, ENV, LTA, etc.
  • Council member of SISO, CSP, etc.
4 SDUs per organisation (Maximum for this category is 12 SDUs)

Category A2:

Participation in professional Boards, committees & Societies

b) Member of relevant technical or working committees of professional associations and government agencies. For example:

  • Member of technical committees of government departments and statutory Boards;
  • Member of technical or other working committees of SISO, CSP;
  • Member of approved technical societies; etc.
2 SDUs per committee (Maximum for this category in 8 SDUs)

Category A3:

Contribution to relevant safety & health knowledge
a) Conduct approved lectures, seminars, conferences or training courses 1 SDUs for each lecture hr or part thereof (Maximum for this category is 12
SDUs)
b) Write or edit technical articles or papers published in distinguished publications, conference proceedings, professional journals or books 4 SDUs for each topic
c) Safety patents registered during the year 20 SDUs for each patent

Category A4:

Safety & Health employment (for at least ½ the duration for the renewal-qualifying period)
  • The professional safety function must be the primary function of the position and contain at least 50% of the position duties.
  • The position must have a primary responsibility for the prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment.
  • The position must be a minimum of 42 hrs per week
  • The position must be at the professional level. This is determined by evaluating the level of responsibility.
  • The position must have a breadth of safety duties. This is determined by evaluating the variety of hazards about which a candidate must advise and the range of skills involved in recognising, evaluating and controlling hazards. Examples of skills are analysis, synthesis, design, investigation, planning, administration, and communication
10 SDUs for the employment that fits the description under this category.

Un-Structured activities are as follow:

Category

Criteria

SDUs

Category B1

Informal In-house training and discussion
  • Conducting formal and relevant in-house training and presentation to colleagues
  • Attending formal and relevant in-house training and presentations

1 SDU for every 2 hrs

Category B2

Professional Membership
  • General member of the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO)
2 SDUs
  • Membership in other professional, engineering or management bodies
2 SDUs per organisation

Category B3

Non-approved safety & health activities
  • Attending safety & health courses which are not subject to approval by the committee
  • Attending organised group safety & health site visits and exhibitions
1 SDU for every 2 hrs

 

Overseas courses or seminars are generally deemed as unstructured activities, unless the course organiser submits the details of overseas course/seminar programme for review and evaluation, prior to the start of the course or seminar.

Click here for List of CPD Approved Courses

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