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Site Safety Supervisor

  • Under Regulation 25 (1), of the Factories and Machinery (Building Operations and Works of Engineering Construction) (Safety) Regulations 1986 [BOWEC], the main contractor shall appoint a site safety supervisor for the safety supervision on construction activities within the site. Among the duties of site safety supervisor is :-

    a) Inspect and rectifying any unsafe conditions at the construction site;

    b) Correcting any unsafe practices;

    c) Checking of sub-contractors’ work to ensure compliance with the Act and the Regulations made thereunder are complied with, and

    d) Liase with contractor’s safety supervisors appointed under Regulation 26 with respect to safety of work undertaken by sub-contractors.

    Regulation 25 (2) of Regulation BOWEC has stipulate that site safety supervisor must be a person who is competent to perform the duties specified in sub-regulation (3) and (4), and have qualifications approved by the Chief Inspector and working experience of at least for two years as a construction site foreman. Chief Inspector is Director General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

    With regard to the competency of a site safety supervisor, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) had decided that site safety supervisor must be a person who has successfully completed a site safety supervisor course carried out by the instructor registered with DOSH, and passed the examination conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or institution accredited by DOSH.
  • Someone who wants to register as a site safety supervisor shall -

    A.      Malaysian citizen who have at least a diploma in engineering or architect or construction-related fields, and attended site safety supervisor courses at training centre registered with DOSH, and have passed site safety supervisor examination managed by NIOSH or institution recognized by DOSH; or

    B.      Malaysian citizen who have at least two years’ experience as a construction site supervisor or construction sites foreman, and attended site safety supervisor courses at training centre registered with DOSH, and have passed site safety supervisor examination managed by NIOSH or institution recognized by DOSH; or

    C.      Malaysian citizen who have had at least ten years of experience as a construction site supervisor or construction sites foreman; and have passed site safety supervisor examination managed by NIOSH or institution recognized by DOSH;

    For the record, the Department has set some additional qualifications for registration of SSS. The additional registration qualifications are-

    D.      Malaysian citizen who have passed safety and health officer (SHO) examination at NIOSH, but not yet registered as an SHO due to less than three (3) years of experience, with the additional requirement which is -

                                     i.            have experience of at least twelve (12) months in the field of construction; or

                                   ii.            attended the module 6 (construction safety) from SSS course; or

                                  iii.            attended site supervisor course conducted by CIDB.

    E.       Malaysian citizens who have at least a diploma in occupational health and safety or the equivalent thereof from any professional body or institution approved by the Department, with the additional requirement that -

                                     i.            have experience of at least six (6) months in the field of construction; or

                                   ii.            attended the module 6 (construction safety) from SSS course.

    However, the additional registration is only temporary for a period to be determined, and it may be withdrawn in accordance with provisions to be determined by the Director General.

    The Department also stipulates that a person cannot hold a certificate of registration as SHO and SSS at the same time. However, the Department does not have any objection to other competency at the same time.

Tags: Competency, SSS

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