Action taken by MOM and sector agencies depends on the areas of non-compliance. For workplaces that severely lack Safe Management Measures, employers will be ordered to stop operations at the workplace. They will have to take steps to ensure that Safe Management Measures are in place before operations can resume.
Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, failure to comply with Safe Management Measures is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both. Repeated offence is punishable with a fine of up to $20,000, imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
Enforcement action may be taken by any of the following persons under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act:
A police officer
A Health Officer appointed under section 4(1)(a) or (b) of the Infectious Diseases Act
A public officer
An officer of a statutory body
An auxiliary police officer
An employee of a prescribed institution under the Infectious Diseases Act
You can verify the identity of enforcement officers via their authority cards or their public service identification cards.
You may refer to the Checklist of Safe Management Measures at the Workplace for Resumption of Business Activities here, for an overview of the requirements that must be fulfilled prior to resuming business activities at the workplace. For more information, please refer here.
Unionised companies are also encouraged to engage their unions on such arrangements.
No. Companies must ensure that all safe management measures are in place before they resume operations.
The Government takes a serious view of any infringement of safe distancing measures and will not hesitate to take actions against non-compliant businesses.
Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
For enquires on implementing safe management measures at the workplace, please contact MOM and MOH.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that Safe Management Measures are in place, communicated and explained to employees prior to resuming work. Signs should also be put up to remind employers and visitors to observe all measures in place.
To prevent the re-emergence of community cases, we will need to open the economy gradually, and not all at once. In general, sectors that allow us to trade with the world and access critical supplies will start first. Sectors that attract high traffic and social interactions will have to wait and put in place additional safe measures before restarting progressively.
You can resume business operations only if your company falls under MTI’s list of activities and services that can resume operations, and your company has implemented all required Safe Management Measures at your workplace.
You will need to follow both advisories. The advisory on Safe Management Measures and the accompanying checklist issued by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) are for workplaces in general. Where there may be sector-specific considerations, companies should also refer to the sector-specific advisories issued, over and above MOM’s advisory.
All employers must implement Safe Management Measures at their workplaces for all employees and contractors.
Companies which have employees that are deployed to other sites should ensure that their employees comply with the Safe Management Measures put in place at these sites. Some of the Safe Management Measures can be implemented by employers regardless of where employees are deployed, such as health monitoring.
No. The default is to ensure at least 1-metre safe distancing between persons at all times. While acrylic dividers or other physical barriers can be adopted alongside the safe distancing requirement, they are not meant to be used as a substitute for the safe distancing requirement. Where physical barriers (eg. acrylic dividers) are used, additional safeguards must be taken to minimise the risk of cross infection (eg. frequent cleaning and disinfection of dividers).
Employers must ensure clear physical spacing of at least 1 metre between persons at all times and demarcate safe physical distances (at least 1 metre apart) with visual indicators or physical means such as barriers between work stations.
If leaving an empty desk and demarcating clearly with visual indicators allows for at least 1-metre distancing between employees, this will suffice for safe distancing.
For barriers between workstations, while there are no specific height guidelines, the barriers should also facilitate the required safe physical distance of one metre apart.