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This useful article breaks down the various requirements for safety coverage in various industries and discusses penalties for non-compliance with the Thai OSH Law (Occupational Safety and Health).

Like most government documents, the OSH Act (2011) can be a bit of a snoozer and difficult to navigate. On this page, I will try to declutter the law and break it down for the busy executive. I do hope you find this version useful and to the point.

Please keep in mind that I am using unofficial English translations, so I recommend that you check accuracy with your legal team using the Thai language version of the Thai Occupational Safety law. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the translation (it wasn’t mine).

If you have any questions go ahead and send me a message.

Did You Know That There Are Actually 5 Different Types of Safety Officer?


It’s true. According to Thai occupational safety law, there are actually 5 different types of safety officer and each different industry category may have one or more types required.

All Supervisors must take this course and pass. Its 12 hours of training covering roles and responsibilities of Supervisor for safety and health. There will be study on the Thai OSH laws, safety inspections, hazard analysis and other.

The technical Safety Officer is somewhat more in-depth and involves 18 hours of classroom training. Training will cover management of OSH, Thai OSH law, as well as hazard analysis and control techniques.

In the Advanced Safety Officer training, there is much more detail and would be (in my opinion) the kind of course a full-time HSE Officer should take. It’s unclear in the documentation I have as to exactly who must take this course though. This course is 180 hours of training. and cover many topics including incident investigation, industrial hygiene basics, health surveillance and much more.

Professional level Safety Officer training takes 42 hours to complete covering three courses and several days. Risk Management, formulation and analysis of safe work plans and basic Occupational Health (industrial hygiene they call it)

This is a two-day course for Manager who may be given responsibility for health and safety in a company. It reviews the Thai OSH law and covers safety management systems, in very a broad scope.

There is specialised required training for each of these roles and one must be certified by the government as competent, before stepping into the role.

So Which Kinds Do You Need for Compliance?

Well, that depends on your industry. Yes, even office-based businesses could be requiring a Safety Officer so don’t click away just yet.

Below is a list of the industry types that require safety officers and in some cases Safety Committees and full safety departments. Click on your industry type and check out the requirements.

Cat-1: These industries are considered the most hazardous for employees and the community so there are some very strict regulations.

CAT-2: Making, producing, assembling, packaging, repairing, maintaining, storing, improving, decorating, extending, modifying, transforming, degrading or destroying any material or property, including constructing ships, and generating, transforming and supplying electricity or other power

CAT-3: Constructing, extending, installing, repairing, maintaining, modifying or demolishing of building, airport, railway, underground route, port, dock, pier, water route, road, dam, tunnel, bridge, sewer, water pipe, telegram work, telephone work, electricity work, gas or tap water work or other construction including preparation of or carrying out the foundation work of construction

CAT-4: Transport of passengers or goods by land, waterway, or air, including transporting and transferring of goods

This is Category 6 according to the law. Regulations for safety officers will depend on the number of employees.

This is Category 8 according to the law. Regulations for safety officers will depend on the number of employees.

This is Category 9 according to the law. Regulations for safety officers will depend on the number of employees.

This is Category 11 according to the law. Regulations for safety officers will depend on the number of employees.

This is Category 13 according to the law. Regulations for safety officers will depend on the number of employees.

The law (in English) isn’t clear on what kind of office will require the Safety Offices. My interpretation is that, for example, Bangkok offices supporting other locations or sites.


Category 1: Mines and Quarries, Petroleum or Petrochemical Business

No. of employees >= 2
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Professional Level Safety OfficerFULL TIME
Management Level Safety OfficerYes
Safety DepartmentYes
OSH CommitteeYes

These industries require a fully staffed Safety Department and an OSH Committee.

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course. You must also ensure that contractors (and their sub-contractors) apply the same level of compliance with their Supervisory personnel.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. 

This would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours.

It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

In order to be admitted to this course, the applicants may have to prove competency and experience as a career safety and health professional

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.  

Click to see penalties for non-compliance


Category 2: Manufacturing

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. Scroll down to see the number of employees in your organisation and the requirements needed.

No. of employees 2-19
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Management Level Safety OfficerYes

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 20-49
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Technical Safety OfficerYes, for at least 1-hour per day on Safety Duties
Management Level Safety OfficerYes

If you have between 20 and 49 employees, the requirements are different and you are required to have a minimum of three (assuming you only have one supervisor).

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in  Technical Level

A Safety Officer at a Technical Level is considered as “an employee who has qualifications and has received training as specified by law”. 

It’s not clear what a “technical level” means but I am assuming (possibly wrongly) that this is a person with a particular technical skill in construction and manufacturing that is higher than that of a Supervisor (an engineer for example). The course curriculum of Technical Safety Officer appears to be exactly the same as the Safety Officer in a Supervisory Role.

A “technical-level safety officer” is required by law to operate on safety issues no less than 1-hour per. Presumably, this means some activity related to safety and health, such as hazard walks or site safety inspections. Whatever you choose to do would need to be well documented, to be certain of compliance.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 50-99
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Advanced Technical Safety OfficerYes, FULL TIME
Management Level Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeMust have

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in an Advanced Level

A Safety Officer in an Advanced Level is required FULL TIME in industry categories 2-5 (Manufacturing, Construction, Goods and People transport and petrol and gas stations) with between 50 and 99 employees. 

The applicant must pass a 180-hour course with 6-course topics. This includes more advanced courses on Occupational Safety and Health law, plus courses on Environmental and Industrial Hygiene; Safety Engineering; Ergonomics and Technology and Health care of employees (i.e. health surveillance and others).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 100-199
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Professional Safety OfficerYes, FULL TIME
Management Level Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeMust have

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business” and is a FULL-TIME position. 

This level, I believe, would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours.

It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course.

It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees >= 200
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes, for each workgroup Supervised
Professional Safety OfficerYes, FULL TIME
Management Level Safety OfficerYes
Safety DepartmentMust have
OSH CommitteeMust have

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee and a dedicated Safety Department.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. This would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours. It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s


Category 3: Construction and Related

No. of employees 2-19
Management Level Safety OfficerYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room. The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 20-49
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Technical Safety OfficerYes (1-hour dedicated to HSE per day)
Management Safety OfficerYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in  Technical Level

A Safety Officer at a Technical Level is considered as “an employee who has qualifications and has received training as specified by law”

It’s not clear what a “technical level” means but I am assuming (possibly wrongly) that this is a person with a particular technical skill in construction and manufacturing that is higher than that of a Supervisor. Note that the course curriculum appears to be exactly the same as the Safety Officer in a Supervisory Role.

A safety officer in technical level shall possess at least one of the following qualifications:  

  1. Holds not lower than Bachelor Degree in occupational health or equivalent subject. 
  2. Be a safety officer in supervising level and passes the training according to the regulations and procedures stipulated by the Director-General. 
  3. Be or used to be a safety officer in a fundamental level according to the Announcement of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare on Occupational Safety of Employees dated 31st March B.E. 2540 (1997). 

A “technical-level safety officer” is required by law to operate on safety issues for no less than 1-hour per day. Presumably, this means some activity related to safety and health, such as hazard walks or site safety inspections. These would need to be well documented to be certain of compliance.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 50-99
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Advanced Technical Safety OfficerFull Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in an Advanced Technician Level

A Safety Officer in an Advanced Level is required FULL TIME in industry categories 2-5 (Manufacturing, Construction, Goods and People transport and petrol and gas stations) with between 50 and 99 employees. 

The applicant must pass a 180-hour course with 6-course topics. This includes more advanced courses on Occupational Safety and Health law, plus courses on Environmental and Industrial Hygiene; Safety Engineering; Ergonomics and Technology and Health care of employees (i.e. health surveillance and others).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 100-199
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Professional Safety OfficerFull Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. This would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours. It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course.

It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees >= 200
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Professional Safety OfficerFull Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
Safety DepartmentYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee and a dedicated Safety Department.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. This would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours. It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s

Category 4: Transport/Logistics

This category covers both good and people transport and logistics by land, waterway, or air. Scroll down and choose the number of employees in your organisation and review the requirements for safety officers and other (Safety Committees and Safety Departments).

No. of employees 2-19
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Management Safety OfficerYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course.

It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 20-49
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Technical Safety Officer 1-hour/day dedicated to HSE
Management Safety OfficerYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in  Technical Level

A Safety Officer at a Technical Level is considered as “an employee who has qualifications and has received training as specified by law”. It’s not clear what a “technical level” means but I am assuming (possibly wrongly) that this is a person with a particular technical skill in construction and manufacturing that is higher than that of a Supervisor.

The course curriculum appears to be exactly the same as the Safety Officer in a Supervisory Role.

A “technical-level safety officer” is required by law to operate on safety issues no less than 1-hour per. Presumably, this means some activity related to safety and health, such as hazard walks or site safety inspections. These would need to be well documented to be certain of compliance.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant.

It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 50-99
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Advanced Technical Safety Officer Full Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”.

All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in an Advanced Level

A Safety Officer in an Advanced Level is required FULL TIME in industry categories 2-5 (Manufacturing, Construction, Goods and People transport and petrol and gas stations) with between 50 and 99 employees. 

The applicant must pass a 180-hour course with 6-course topics. This includes more advanced courses on Occupational Safety and Health law, plus courses on Environmental and Industrial Hygiene; Safety Engineering; Ergonomics and Technology and Health care of employees (i.e. health surveillance and others).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room.

The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees 100-199
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Professional Safety Officer Full Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of eachworking unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level, is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. This would apply to your HSE Manager or whomever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours. It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12 hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room. The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s safety management system should consist of, to be compliant. It is basically a review of Thailand’s OSH Act of 2011.

No. of employees >= 200
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Professional Safety Officer Full Time
Management Safety OfficerYes
Safety DepartmentYes
OSH CommitteeYes

You will be required to have the following trained and certified personnel to be considered compliant with the law. You are also required by law to have an OSH Committee and a dedicated Safety Department.

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers at a Professional Level – FULL TIME ROLE

A Safety Officer at a Professional Level is defined as “an employee who has the duty to operate on safety issues of the company/business”. This would apply to your HSE Manager or whoever has full-time responsibility for safety and health. 

The training consists of 3 courses lasting a total of 42 hours. It focusses on risk management, the development of safety plans/procedures (safety management systems), auditing of those plans (and systems) and a course on occupational health assessments (noise & lighting in particular).

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12-hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room. The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s

You Must have a dedicated HSE Department

The law doesn’t specify the size and make up of the department but it should be lead by a professional HSE Manager with experience and qualifications in the role.

An OSH Committee for a Company of this Size is Required By Law

An Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Committee consists of representatives from the employer and employee side, together with advanced technical or professional safety officer (if any), having duties on a managerial and policy level of the safety issues.

Categories 5-9

These are categories on my list that will cover most businesses. However, the law categorises a total of 13 categories, some of which I have left out (i.e. petrol stations).

For my list, I include: Hotels, Entertainment & sports venues, financial and medical institutions and offices that support other business locations in Thailand (i.e. Bangkok admin & sales office)

No. of employees >= 20
Supervisor Level Safety OfficerYes
Management Safety OfficerYes

Safety Officers in a Supervisory Level

According to the Law, this person “is an employee who is in charge of supervising, controlling, commanding, and ordering other employees to work within the scope of responsibility of each working unit”. All of your Supervisors and/or Team Leaders in each work unit must take and pass this course.

Safety Officers in a Managerial Level

At least one Manager (ideally a senior manager or Board Member) must be trained and certified in this course. It is a 12 hour course with 3 core subjects and is normally completed over a two day period in a training room. The core subjects cover Health & Safety Laws and Regulations as well as information on what your company’s

No. of employees >= 50
Supervisor Level Safety Officer(s)Yes
Management Safety OfficerYes
OSH CommitteeYes

An OSH Committee for a Company of this Size is Required By Law

An Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Committee consists of representatives from the employer and employee side, together with advanced technical or professional safety officer (if any), having duties on a managerial and policy level of the safety issues.

Position# of Employees
50-99100-4995oo+
Chairman (Employer)111
Mgmt. Rep124
Worker Rep235
Secretary1*1*1*
Total4610
 * Tech, Safety Officer* Prof. Safety Officer* Prof. Safety Officer

Here is a link to the SHAWPAT required training for Safety Committees (in Thai).

In English, the Safety Committee training includes the following topics:

  • Considering OSHE policy and plan.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations on measures and improvements.
  • Promote and support OSHE activities.
  • Considering the proposed rules and manual and OSH standards
  • Conduct survey and checking of accident statistics once a month
  • Review of OSHE training programs
  • Setting up a reporting system on unsafe work conditions.
  • Preparing an annual report
  • Performance evaluation.
  • Others.

In another article, I will deny discussing some ideas to make the Safety Committee more meaningful to Management. I am sure I don’t have to tell you that meetings for the sake of meetings are not that “meaningful” will just waste time. I will discuss some good ideas on the promotion of safety, good statistics (Leading Indicators etc.) and measures to help your Leadership get results. Meaningful and actionable results.

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