Compressed Air Work

Learn about compressed air works and their associated risks. Find out about related laws and industry standards.

Definition: Compressed Air Work

Compressed air works typically involve tunnelling works in the compressed air environment. Such works has been used in the construction of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and Deep Tunnel Sewerage System in Singapore. Examples of compressed air works include inspection and replacement of tunnel boring machine cutting tools.

Workers who enter and/or carry out work in a compressed air environment are exposed to health hazards if compressed air work is not managed properly. Some associated health problems are decompression sickness and barotrauma.

As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to the following legislations:

You are also required to send your workers who are exposed to occupational hazards of the compressed air environment for pre-placement and regular medical examinations. Refer to the MOM website for more information.

Refer to the following WSH Guidelines for more information: