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NO. 8]Friday, March 3 [2006

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 17th January 2006 and assented to by the President on 6th February 2006:—
Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006

(No. 7 of 2006)

I assent.

6th February 2006.
Date of Commencement: 1st March 2006
An Act relating to the safety, health and welfare of persons at work in workplaces, and to repeal the Factories Act (Chapter 104 of the 1998 Revised Edition), and to make consequential amendments to certain other written laws.
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Application of Act
2.—(1)  Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Act (but not the regulations), the provisions of this Act shall apply to workplaces within the class or description of workplaces specified in the First Schedule.
(2)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, add to the class or description of workplaces specified in the First Schedule, and may prescribe in the order such transitional provisions as may be necessary or expedient.
(3)  Every order made under subsection (2) shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
Application of Act to Government
3.—(1)  Except as provided in subsection (2), this Act shall bind the Government and shall apply to —
(a)any workplace wholly or partly owned or occupied by the Government; and
(b)any premises in which any building operation or any work of engineering construction is carried on by or on behalf of the Government.
(2)  Nothing in this Act shall render the Government liable to prosecution for an offence.
(3)  For the avoidance of doubt, no person shall be immune from prosecution for any offence under this Act by reason that the person is engaged to provide services to the Government.