Site Safety Supervisor (SSS)

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 :-

  1. Inspect and rectifying any unsafe conditions at the construction site;
  2. Correcting any unsafe practices;
  3. Checking of sub-contractors’ work to ensure compliance with the Act and the Regulations made thereunder are complied with, and
  4. 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.