Learn about asbestos and understand the health risks. Comply with the relevant laws to protect yourself and your workers.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Its fibres have excellent physical and chemical properties, which made them popular as construction materials, and useful for sound and thermal insulation.
However, exposure to asbestos such as the inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to serious health risks, including lung diseases and cancer. Consequently, the use of asbestos in buildings was banned by the authorities since 1989.
Many old buildings in Singapore still contain asbestos. These asbestos can be released into the air when disturbed and affects building occupants. Therefore, it is important to manage asbestos in buildings and workplaces to prevent harmful exposure.
Law and Industry Standards
As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore’s WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to the following legislations:
- WSH (Asbestos) Regulations 2014
- WSH (Medical Examinations) Regulations 2011
- WSH (Risk Management) Regulations
You must also send your employees for pre-emplacement and periodic medical examinations if they are exposed to asbestos at work. Learn more about the requirements for medical monitoring.
If you are an asbestos removal contractor, you must notify the MOM for asbestos removal works.
The disposal of asbestos waste should only be carried out by National Environment Agency (NEA) approved asbestos disposal contractors. Refer to the NEA website for more information.