Learn about demolition works and their associated risks. And find out about related laws and industry standards.
Demolition works typically involve the tearing down of buildings or civil engineering structures. The improper handling of demolition works can expose workers to risks such as:
- Falling from elevated work surfaces;
- Contact with hazardous substances;
- Struck by falling objects; and
- Electrical hazards.
You should address all risks from potential work hazards to ensure the safety and health of workers and the public. This can be done by carrying out pre-demolition surveys to assess the risks of the works involved. Refer to the Technical Advisory for Demolition (PDF) and Compliance Assistance Checklist - Demolition (PDF) for more information.
Laws and Industry Standards
As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to:
You should also observe relevant industry standards, such as:
- Code of Practice on WSH Risk Management (PDF);
- SS 557: 2010 Code of Practice for Demolition; and
- SS 602: 2014 Code of Practice for Noise Control on Construction and Demolition Sites.
Please refer to the WSH (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification (PDF) for the full list of approved Codes of Practice.