Renovation Works FAQs

Updated on 28 April 2022

[Added on 28 April 2022]
What are the prevailing Safe Management Measures (SMMs) for renovation works?

All renovation works will be subject to the same SMM requirements that apply to any other workplace regulated under the WSH Regulations, with no additional sectoral requirements imposed. Under the WSH Regulations, employers should take reasonably practicable steps to establish and apply appropriate procedures and adequate controls to ensure their workers comply with the WSH Regulations, including the following:

  • Ensure workers/employees follow the MOH Health Protocols when they are infected with COVID-19; and
  • Mask wearing is optional in open-air workplaces.
  • Mask wearing is also optional in non open-air workplaces if employees are in a static position in an area not used by customers, not interacting with others/customers. Employees are encouraged to wear masks when in doubt.

Please refer to the WSH regulations and MOM circular for more details on the SMM requirements.

[Added on 28 April 2022]
Is my worksite considered an open-air area?

An open-air area is defined under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 as:

  1. an area, or any part of a deck of a vessel, lorry or bus, which is not covered by any roof or roof-like structure, permanent or otherwise; or
  2. any area as follows that is under a permanent or temporary roof or roof-like structure overhead:
    • a public path (as defined by the Active Mobility Act 2017), but not an underpass;
    • an area that is substantially not enclosed by any structure, barrier or other device (whether fixed or moveable, opened or closed) that prevents or impedes lateral airflow to and from the area, regardless if the roof or rooflike structure is immediately capable or convertible to provide shelter against rain or water or the wind to people below the structure;

In consultation with MOM, the following (non-exhaustive) may be considered an open-air area in a construction worksite:

The area under a cantilever roof with no sides.
The area under an awning, or a retractable canopy, with no sides.
Buildings or rooms with only walls constructed, without roof or shelters.

[Added on 28 April 2022]
Who is responsible for implementing the Safe Management Measures in the unit undergoing renovation?  The owner or the renovation contractor?
All contractors (including sub-contractors) performing works are responsible for implementing the measures in the unit.


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