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Workplace Safety and Health Officer

Apply to be a registered Workplace Safety and Health Officer

Person can apply to be a registered Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Officer if they meet the requirements.


Duty to appoint WSH Officer

Occupier of a workplace

Workplace requiring WSH Officer

  • Shipyards in which any ship, tanker and other vessels are constructed, reconstructed, repaired, refitted, finished or broken up.
  • Factories used for processing petroleum or petroleum products.
  • Factories in which building operations or works of engineering construction of a contract sum of $10 million or more are carried out.
  • Any other factories in which 100 or more persons are employed, except those which are used for manufacturing garments

Who can apply

Company representative

How long it takes

Up to 8 weeks, after you submit all required documents.

Note: Incomplete or insufficient information will delay their application.


2 years (renewable).

Related document

WSH Officer Registration Form


Applicant need to meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Bruneian, Permanent Resident, Employment Pass holder.
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience relevant to the work to be carried out by a WSH Officer. Applicant need to provide documentary proof, e.g. a testimonial from your employer specifying clearly the period of employment where you served in a WSH-related designation.
  • Must be active on-site (not an office-based person)

Applicant may have to attend an interview to allow SHENA to further assess your suitability to be a WSH officer. We may require additional time to process their application if an interview is needed.


How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

  • Download the WSH Officer Registration Form (here)
  • Submit the completed WSH Officer Registration Form with all supporting documents, and email to with title "WSH Officer Registration"

Note: a company representative (e.g. HR or Admin) shall submit the registration form for their WSH Officer. SHENA do not support a direct registration by the nominated individual itself.

  • Applicant will receive an email notification if their application is successful. They will also receive the Certificate of Approval.    


Documents required

Please submit PDF copies of the following documents:

  • WSH Officer Registration Form
  • Both sides of applicant NRIC / Passport
  • WSH qualifications – certificate and full result transcript for the accepted WSH-related qualifications (see example of accepted WSH-related qualifications)
  • WSH Certificates – certificate for the accepted WSH-related certificates (see accepted WSH-related certificates)
  • Letter of appointment or employer testimonials stating the individual is nominated as a WSH Officer and have relevant WSH experience for the past 2 years.
  • Letter of employment
  • Passport-sized photograph with white background (in JPEG format)
  • Latest Curriculum Vitae

Accepted WSH-related qualifications

These are the example of acceptable WSH-related:

  • Diploma in OSH
  • Master of Science in Safety, Health and Environment Technology
  • Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Factors in Safety
  • Bachelor of Science (Health, Safety and Environment)
  • Bachelor of Science in Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • or equivalent qualification


Accepted WSH-related certificate

These are acceptable WSH-related certificate:

  • NEBOSH IGC or equivalent


The duties of a workplace safety and health officer

The duties of a WSH Officer include:

  • to assist the occupier of the workplace or other person in charge of the workplace to identify and assess any foreseeable risk arising from the workplace or work processes;
  • to recommend to the occupier of the workplace or other person in charge of the workplace reasonably practicable measures to eliminate any foreseeable risk to any person who is at work in that workplace or may be affected by the occupier's undertaking in the workplace;
  • to recommend to the occupier of the workplace or other person in charge of the workplace:
    • such reasonably practicable measures to minimise the risk; and
    • such safe work procedures to control the risk.
  • to assist the occupier of the workplace or other person in charge of the workplace to implement the measure or safe work procedure.


Powers of workplace safety and health officer

The WSH Officer shall have the power to do any or all of the following:

  • to enter, inspect and examine at any reasonable time the workplace;
  • to inspect and examine any machinery, equipment, plant, installation or article in the workplace;
  • to require the production of workplace records, certificates, notices and documents kept or required to be kept, including any other relevant document, and to inspect and examine any of them;
  • to make such examination and inquiry of the workplace and of any person at work at that workplace as may be necessary to execute his duties;
  • to assess the levels of noise, illumination, heat or harmful or hazardous substances in the workplace and the exposure levels of persons at work therein; and
  • to investigate any accident, dangerous occurrence or occupational disease that occurred within the workplace.