IOSH presence in World Congress XXI

August 2017

IOSH Singapore joins 2000 over delegates all over the world in the XXI World Congress on Safety & Health at Work 2017. It offers a platform for the exchange of information and views to experts in occupational safety and health, representatives of enterprises and workers (the social partners), decision-makers in governments and public authorities, and anyone else active in the area of occupational safety and health. The World Congress for Safety and Health at Work is held every three years, with each edition held in a different country. This years host country Singapore has demonstrated a strong and ever-increasing commitment to occupational safety and health (OSH) and has been an active participant in the global OSH community, working to promote international efforts in Asia and beyond.

IOSH UK marks our footprint in Asia with our very own booth at the trade show. We took the opportunity to connect IOSH with delegates all over the world.

IOSH Singapore Branch members also took to the congress and presented their safety posters to the delegates.

Seah Sok Hwee presented her research in the field of OSH with a poster. The 4 year pilot study to research on the Influence of Confucianism Philosophy on Workplace Safety in Singapore reveals that the living Confucian legacy is one sustainable resources for the informing and inspiring new directions in human culture for centuries. Potentially it could be adopted globally to drive sustainable improvements in work safety performance. After all, safety is not just about saving lives. It is also about influencing people, exercising leadership, character building and achieving happiness.

Zephan Chan presented his ongoing research project on effective PPE programme within organisations. The project suggested a life cycle approach of Selection, Maintenance, Assessment, Replacement and Training (SMART) for effective implementation of PPEs. The SMART life cycle approach includes a comprehensive evaluation of all the crucial life cycle stages in order to identify potential risks that could render the PPE ineffective. This involves sound competencies about the work activities, process, environmental hazards, accidents, existing control measures and maintenance activities. Data collection involve surveys with organisations, individual users, managers, HSE personnel and occupational hygienists with focused sets of questionnaires to measure for the above-mentioned assessment criteria for several types of PPE (e.g. respiratory and hearing protection). A series of actions including a gap identification worksheet will be utilised as a gap analysis or audit tool for PPE programme in current industry setting.

Molly Yuan Xiao Mo presented a group of posters with her team to investigate the relationship between the Accident Severity Rate (ASR) in the construction, manufacturing and marine industries from year 1980 to 2016 and safety policies initiated by Ministry of Manpower and evaluate the effect of industrial sector business cycles and GDP on ASR. The study reveals that National safety policy is a powerful vehicle to improve safety performance. GDP has a negative influence on the annual ASR in Singapore. Every billion increases in GDP causes 1.86% decrease in ASR. Her team also presented another poster to investigate the key factors that influence the safety culture and explore how their correlations working on safety performance in Chinese university laboratory.

JC Sekar presented a poster on enhancing the effectiveness of preventive OSH risk controls across the value chain. The paper postulates that inadequate communication of risk controls and evidence of implementation is one of the main reasons for incidents in the workplace. A simple, no-frills, cost-effective web and mobile-based application has shown to improve the deployment, and monitor the effective implementation of risk controls on site. The study concludes that simple solutions can help Small & Medium Enterprises GO DIGITAL and make VISION ZERO a reality.

Narayanaswamy Venkataraman presented a poster on Safety Neutrality - Towards Improving Safety Landscape. The study concludes that Safety Neutrality begins with leadership, commitment and communication followed by analysing and counting, action for setting system and addressing risks. Once the elements of neutrality is addressed, the next step will to improve on existing performances. Safety neutrality is not just risk but involves culture, commitment, analyse and action. All these helps in improving the safety and health outcomes.

The IOSH Singapore branch designed a school safety poster titled "Safety starts at school" which was presented at the congress as well. IOSH Singapore Branch has commissioned a series of animated short videos, focusing on safety at school, based on the Minecraft characters, targeted at 8- to 11-year-old students. The aim is to provide a free, fun and easily accessible tool for teachers to use in the class, to help them raise students awareness about safety and responsibility in school environments. We want to inspire youngsters to identify hazards in their daily environment school and to think creatively about the best way to prevent accidents. We want them to acknowledge risk and behave proactively in the presence of risk, rather than being risk-averse. Ultimately, our hope is to nurture a culture of prevention from an early age, helping to reduce incidents in schools. IOSH Singapore Branch has conducted a beta-testing trial with a local primary school (two classes) and the feedback has been very positive, from both teachers and students. The initiative has also been presented at the APOSHO conferences in Seoul (2015) and New Delhi (2016) in. It was well received by the international OSH community and by OSH organisations from the Asia-Pacific region. The video package will be launched formally as an online tool, free of charge and with open access to primary schools and teachers. It will be available via social media and directly on request.

Please see YouTube videos below: