Worker certification required for HDB renovations with hacking works

Worker certification required for HDB renovations with hacking works

SINGAPORE - From 2014,  renovation contractors will be required to ensure that all renovation workers be certified to carry out demolition works in HDB flats.

The Housing Board (HDB) said today that all Registered Renovation Contractors (RRCs) only certified workers will be allowed to carry out demolition or hacking works during the renovation of HDB flats.

Together with the Building Construction Authority (BCA) Academy, HDB will provide  a demolition course for renovation workers.

The course is conducted by the BCA Academy every week and costs $195 per participant. Course participants who pass the required assessments in both theory and practical aspects will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion (CSC) in Demolition Works for Renovation Contractors.

The course is aimed at equipping workers with fundamental knowledge and practical skills to safely carry out demolition works during the renovation of HDB flats. The first run of the course commencedtoday.

Under current renovation guidelines, HDB flat owners are required to engage an HDB RRC for any renovation. They are also required to obtain HDB's prior approval before the commencement of the renovation, especially those that involve demolition or hacking.

This will ensure that any proposed demolition works will not affect the structural integrity of the building and compromise public safety.

With effect from next year, RRCs will be required to submit the particulars of two workers who have been certified in their online applications to HDB, if there is renovation that involves hacking or demolition works.

This ensures that such works are carried out only by certified workers. Appropriate action will be taken against RRCs if the workers are found to be not certified, HDB added.

Every year, HDB receives close to 60,000 renovation applications, including applications which involve demolition works.

Flat owners can refer to the HDB InfoWEB for more information on renovation guidelines.

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