About Design for Safety

Learn about Design for Safety (DfS) and the relevant laws and industry standards. Understand the duties of the various stakeholders involved.

Laws and Industry Standards

As a developer or designer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to the following legislations:

You should also observe the WSH Guidelines on Design for Safety.


Stakeholders and Duties


  • Work together with the Designer to ensure foreseeable design risks are eliminated or reduced
  • Communicate foreseeable design risks, allocate sufficient time and appropriate resources for Designers and Contractors to perform their duties


DfS Professionals

  • Convene DfS Review Meetings on behalf of Developer
  • Keep an updated copy of DfS Register
  • Provide all relevant information on each foreseeable risk identified and its mitigation to the Developer



  • Ensure foreseeable design risks are eliminated or reduced through the design plan
  • Ensure collective protective measures are taken to manage any residual design risks
  • Ensure all relevant information on design, construction and maintenance are available to stakeholders



  • Inform Developer or Main contractor of any foreseeable risks
  • Provide all relevant information and ensure persons (e.g. subcontractors) hired are competent to carry out their duties
  • Carry out risk assessment to mitigate risks
  • Ensure safety during the construction phase



  • Keep a copy of the DfS Register
  • Communicate all foreseeable risks to persons carrying out maintenance and future works
  • Hand over DfS Register to future owners


Watch the DfS Video below to learn more about the various stakeholders involved in a construction project and how they can work together to improve WSH outcomes through DfS.