CUGE-HOR-3014 Skyrise Greenery Guidelines Series (Module 2): Design for Safety on Rooftop Greenery


Safety is of utmost importance for all users of rooftop greenery. In this course, participants will learn about rooftop greenery designs, safety consideration as well the recently introduced Workplace Safety and Health (Design for Safety) regulations introduced by Ministry of Manpower (with effect from 1 August 2016).

The Design for Safety on Rooftop Greenery is part of CUGE's Training Series on Guidelines to continue our efforts in improving the overall horticulture standard of the landscape industry.


This program will provide an overview on design of rooftop and vertical greenery, the safety factors for consideration, and how these safety requirements are influenced by:

1. Types of structures and plants
2. Types of rooftop greenery
3. Safety considerations for maintenance

The rationale behind these design recommendations will also be shared.  The course aims to impart to participants a realistic perspective on the many needs of trees and palms when planted on the rooftop, as well as the various associated architecture, loading and placement issues that need to be considered upfront during the project design phase, with the overall intention of encouraging feasible and manageable rooftop greenery design.


  • Introduction
  • Scope of safety for Skyrise Greenery
  • Access requirements for maintenance
  • Common Work At Height (WAH) situations
  • Safe design suggestions
  • Plant and building considerations
  • Group exercise
  • Summary / wrap up

Classroom lecture, group discussion, brainstorming session, Q&A


  • Landscape architects and landscape designers
  • Landscape contractors, supervisors and managers
  • Horticulturists, arborists, engineers in both government and private agencies
  • Safety Inspectors
  • Facilities management personnel
  • Operation staff of industrial & business parks, institutions, hotels, country clubs and healthcare buildings

Mr Poh Choon Hock
 is a researcher at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) under the National Parks Board. His current focus is on skyrise greenery implementation and has shared at various workshops, courses and forums. Choon Hock has published several articles on skyrise greenery, including “Safe Design of Skyrise Greenery in Singapore” which was jointly authored with Dr Michael Behm and published in the magazine “Smart and Sustainable Built Environment” in 2012.


Professional Certification CEUs
ISA Certified Arborist 3.5
ISA Municipal Specialist 3.5
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist - Practice 2
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist  - Management 1.5
Certified Practicing   Horticulturist 2
*Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information. 

Course Fees (Inclusive of GST) 
Full Fee $40.00
Singaporean/PR* $42.80
*10% discount on course fee for SILA, LIAS and SAS members
Fees include provision of training materials and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply.

Mr Kyde Yong
Tel: 64650219



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