There are conferences and events in the past with much success. It shows the diverse web of Safety. A synopsis of these past events are available. These include the 12th Annual WSHO Conference, Work Injury and Compensation Act (WICA) Seminar, Work-At-Height (WAH) Seminar and the Mitigating Falls from Height Seminar.
NFEC Fire Safety Seminar (29 June 2017)
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SISO Members' Nite [Denim Nite] - 7 July 2017
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NTUC U Women's Network - STEM (Science & Engineering) Programmes
43rd AGM: Notice of Annual General Meeting (24 March 2017)
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For those who had received the AGM Notice via normal mail, you may return the completed form via fax to 6777 6896.
UP-lifting Seminar SS 616:2016 on Code of Practice for Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
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Registration will close on 10 January 2017 (Tuesday).
Please have the cheque made payable to "Access & Scaffold Industry Association" and mail to: No. 68 Woodlands Industrial Park E9, Singapore 757835, attention: The Secretariat.
Fees (inclusive of GST):
S$45.00 per pax (exclusive for ASIA/IPAF/SISO Members)
S$50.00 per pax (non-members)
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SISO Members' Nite - 1 December 2016 [LATEST UPDATE on 16 Nov 16]
[Latest update - 25 November 2016] We have moved from Cinnamon room (Level 5) to Phoenix Grand Ballroom (Level 6)!
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Date: 1 December 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Novotel Clarke Quay, Level 5, Clarke Quay
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Launch of Singapore Standards on Safe Use of Lifting Equipment
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Major Hazard Installations and Safety Seminar (11 Nov 16) - 9am to 12pm
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14TH SISO Annual WSHO Conference 2016
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BuildTech Asia 2016
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SISO Networking Nite on 20 October 2016
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Forum on Workplace Safety+Health
IPAF Asia Conference 2016
Dates: 4 - 7 April 2016
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi, India
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SISO Launches WSH Leadership Programme at 13th Annual WSHO Conference
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The SISO WSH Leadership programme was launched on 5 Nov 2015 at the 13th SISO Annual WSHO Conference. This programme, a unique course of the SISO Career Progression Pathway (CPP), is a new programme that will groom WSH professionals for senior, regional and global WSH leadership positions.
Celebrating this launch and SG50/SISO40 with more than 900 WSH Professionals, NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing encouraged WSH Professionals to go beyond rules and checklists and to improve workplace safety culture. "It should be instinctive for WSH Professionals to keep workers safe." Sec-Gen Chan added.
For the first time at a major SISO Conference, delegates were able to engage Sec-Gen in a dialogue. The conference raised a broad range of issues from jobs to managing WSH in Singapore.
The MOM Competent Person Card and the SISO Professional Code of Conduct were also launched during the conference. Presenting the first WSHO Competent Person cards to the SISO Executive Committee was Deputy Commissioner for WSH Er. Ismadi Mohd. This new Competent Person card was developed to raise the professionalism of MOM registered Competent Persons and to enhance identity security.
Marking the launch of the WSH Leadership Programme, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SISO and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). This course is one of the programmes of the CPP aimed at preparing WSH Professionals for the highest level of the Career Progression Pathway. It consists of 10 modules and will commence in 2016.
More information on:
- MOM Competent Person Card here;
- SISO Career Progression Pathway (CPP) WSH Leadership Programme here.
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13th SISO Annual WHSO Conference - (5th November 2015)
A Resounding Success
The 13th SISO Annual WSHO Conference was held on 5th November 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. With a theme of “Moving Forward. Powering Up.”, it attracted more than 900 delegates who comprised predominantly WSH professionals as well as others whose job responsibilities were related to workplace safety and health.
This year’s Conference had strong support from the Ministry of Manpower, the Workplace Safety and Health Council, the Workplace Safety and Health Institute, the Workforce Development Agency, the National Trades Union Council, and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
Er. Ho SiongHin, Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, in his Foreword message published in the Conference Programme, congratulated SISO on the organisation of the Conference, and he added that he looked forward “to continue the collaboration with SISO to ensure safer and healthier workplaces”.
Commissioner Ho also emphasised in his message, “Safety and health at work makes business sense. But more importantly, it is our responsibility to ensure that our workers go home safe and sound at the end of the day. We hold the key to achieve Vision Zero – where every accident is preventable. And this can only be achieved if everyone, from employers, employees, unions to government are committed.
As WSH professionals, we play a crucial role to achieve Vision Zero. Raising workplace safety and health (WSH) standards is a key component to do so. It is important that we continue to upgrade the competency and the quality of WSH Professionals to ensure that we stay relevant to improve the WSH standards of our organisations.
Regarding the Conference, Commissioner said, “The 13th SISO Annual WSHO Conference on 5 November 2015 is an excellent platform for WSH Professionals to learn about the latest developments in WSH issues and to upgrade their knowledge. This year, the theme of the Conference is “Moving Forward, Powering Up”. It will see the launch of SISO’s WSH Career Progression Pathway and the Code of Conduct for SISO members to conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity. At the same time, the Conference will launch Ministry of Manpower’s new Competent Person’s Card and witness the launch of a course entitled “WSH Leadership Programme”. This programme will move WSH Professionals at Level Four of the WSH Career Progression Pathway to the highest level - Level Five. These initiatives are important milestones for the WSH community. We are confident that they will help to improve WSH standards and further career opportunities for WSH Professionals to help them better prepare for the future.”
In his welcome address at the Conference, Mr Seet Choh San, President of SISO, said, “As we mark SG50/SISO40, this year’s Conference theme “Moving Forward. Powering Up.” and the programme is particularly special. Several new initiatives will be launched to position Workplace Safety and Health professionals for the challenges ahead as globalisation and technology changes the landscape.”
Guest-of-HonourMr Chan Chun Sing, Secretary General, National Trades Union Council (NTUC), graced the event. Mr Chan spent nearly an hour in a dialogue session with the Conference delegates. The dialogue with our Guest-of-Honour was a hit with the audience who were enthralled when Mr Chan shared his personal experiences and related these experiences to Workplace Safety and Health.
Another highlight of the Conference was the launch of the Ministry of Manpower’s Competent Person’s Card. With effect from 5 November 2015, the Ministry of Manpower will issue a new registration card for Competent Persons (CP) to replace the existing paper certificate. The new CP card was developed to raise the professionalism of MOM registered
Competent Persons and to enhance card security. The new CP card would be issued in phases for the different types of Competent Person. Er. Ismadi Mohd, Deputy Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, presented the new cards to SISO Executive Committee members as a symbolic gesture of the card launch.
Besides the launch of the Competent Person’s Card, the Conference was also the platform for SISO to share much-awaited details of its WSH Career Progression Pathway. The Pathway will enable SISO’s Professional and Associate members to plan and chart their careers in this competitive global economy. This Pathway will also serve as a benchmark for employers and Human Resource professionals when acquiring WSH talents. Eventually, employers and HR professionals can use the Pathway as a useful reference for talent acquisition.
The Conference was also the platform for the unveiling of the WSH Leadership Programme, which was developed by SISO, NTUC and e2i. The WSH Leadership Programme is the first of its kind that equips WSH officers currently at Level 4 of SISO’s WSH Career Progression Pathway with the leadership and soft skills necessary to progress to the highest tier - Level 5. The unveiling was symbolised by the signing of a partnership agreement among SISO, NTUC and e2i.
The new Professional Code of Conduct for SISO members was also introduced at this conference. As SISO members move forward to meet future challenges, the Code of Conduct will serve as a foundation for them to proudly conduct themselves with exemplary professionalism and integrity. This year’s event covered a wide range of topics which were presented by a distinguished panel of seven speakers. The presentations covered topics including Globally Harmonized Systems, Ethics, Marketing of WSH, and Design for Safety. The feedback from a vast majority of the conference delegates was that they invariably found the content of the various presentations to be insightful, relevant, useful, and informative.
Once again, the Conference was accompanied by a total of 25 exhibitors who proudly showcased their organisations profiles, products and services.
At the end of the Conference, a survey form was distributed to the Conference delegates and 90 percent of survey respondents indicated that they were planning to attend the next edition of the Conference. This strongly reflected the success of the 2015 Conference and confirmed the fact that this Conference has become a “must-attend”, iconic conference event for the WSH community.
12th Annual SISO Conference (7th November 2014)
The 12th SISO annual WSHO Conference is a key platform for Singapore’s WSH professionals to learn about the latest in WSH, exchange views, and expand their network with other like-minded professionals. More than 700 delegates attended the conference, our largest turnout to date. The event was held at the Marina Bay Sands on the 7th of November, 2014.
Delegates were able to familiarise with the latest safety & health products, services and solutions, showcased by participating exhibitors. The event also promotes a conducive networking environment for delegates to intermingle. The whole day conference was definitely an event not to be missed.
Forum on Workplace Safety and Health (9th May 2014)
SISO, together with the Institution of Engineers, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and Messe Dusseldorf Asia Pte Ltd, co-organised the Forum On Workplace Safety and Health on 9 May 2014, Friday.
The Event was held in conjunction with the 9th Occupational Safety + Health Asia exhibition at Suntec Singapore.
The Forum’s Theme was “Total Solutions Towards Optimising WSH Competencies”. More than 300 participants attended the forum. The combined resources of the four organisers helped attract 14 international and local speakers, all experts in their respective workplace safety and health sectors.
The SISO 40 Members’ Nite Date: 31st July 2015 Venue: SAFRA Mount Faber
It's SISO's 40th Anniversary and we would like to invite all our members as well as their spouses to this special Members' Nite. Held in conjunction with the 28th SEA Games Volunteer thank you dinner, the event is a sit-down dinner with a programme filled with fun activities
Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) (18 September 2014)
The Seminar aims to provide a better understanding of the law and the recent amendments and the common issues relating to work injury compensation. It helps delegates understand and learn about the procedures of Compensation Claims as well as the Work Injury Compensation Act.
More than 100 delegates attended the seminar. There was an exchange of questions-and-answers, giving opportunity for delegates to voice out their concerns regarding WICA.
Seminar on Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of WHSOs as WAH Assessors (28 August 2014)
The Seminar on Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of WSHOs as WAH Assessors was held at the mew SISO premises on 28 August 2014. The seminar was organised in response to the many queries received by SISO, regarding registered WSH Officers being permitted to perform the duties of a Safety Assessor.
The event also marked the first time SISO was able to accommodate more than 120 participants at an event held at its own premises. Several participants gave feedback that they would like SISO to organise more of such seminars at its premises.
IPAF Mitigating Falls from Height (13th October 2014)
(WSH) Statistics Report released by the WSH Institute, states that workplace injuries and fatalities rose in the first half of 2014, increasing by 14% and 20% respectively compared with the same period in 2013.
The seminar aims to give new, restructured perspective and solutions on safety concerns when working with height.
More than 50 delegates attended the Seminar. The presenters shared their expertise by presenting real life examples of height related accidents, and that it can be avoided with proper management, noting the high percentage of importance directed to WSH managers. A question-and-answer session was conducted before the conclusion of the seminar.
Dialogue with MOM
On 21st February, some 60 members attended the dialogue, which was held at SISO was aimed at clarifying any issues the members may have regarding the Work- At-Heights Regulations which would take effect form 1st May 2014.
The presentation was about the requirements relating to WSH (Work-At-Heights) Regulations, by Mr Teo Han Ping, Head (Programme management). The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session where they answered more than 70 questions submitted by SISO members.
The Asia Pacific Symposium on Safety (APSS) is an international gathering of experts on safety related issues. APSS was inaugurated in 1999, to provide a regional platform for researchers and practitioners of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) to share their knowledge in research, technological advancement, innovation and emerging issues. Since its inauguration conference 14 years ago, seven international symposia had been held in Korea (1999, 2007, 2011), Japan (2001, 2009), Chinese Taipei (2003) and China (2005). Singapore is honoured to organise this 2013 APSS.
In line with the conference theme of Translating Research into Practice, the scientific programme was arranged to point to the practical aspects of WSH research. Instead of the more conventional approach that based on academic disciplines, the 69 free papers of the scientific sessions provided new insights on the following:
Safety policy and strategy
Analysing and visualising safety information
Risk analysis and intervention
Overcoming human errors
Promoting safety in industry
Safety in construction industry
Improving safety through ergonomics
Fire detection & protection
Prevention and control of fire
Nanotechnology & occupational health
Emotional & mental stress
Driver & transportation safety
In addition to the 69 oral papers, there were 35 poster presentations for researchers to showcase their work in brief and succinct way.
NEED FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN WORKPLACE HEALTH
Both the Keynotes speakers on Day 1 of the conference, Dr JukkaTakala (Executive Director, WSH Institute, Singapore) and Professor Chia Sin Eng (Vice-Dean, Saw See Hock School of Public Health, NUS) reminded the participants on the need for better understanding of workplace-related health issues.
Key Highlights of the 4th Conference on “Safety and Health in Research and Education: Enhancing Competencies – Systems & Practices”
(16-17 October 2013)
Objectives & Programme of the SHRE Conference
The conference had fulfilled its’ objectives to:
Share good safety and health practices, technological advances and innovative ideas.
Discuss emerging issues in safety and health.
Share of competency requirements for safety and health professionals in research and educational institutions.
Create awareness and sharing of best practices.
The conference programme consists of three sessions:
The 4th Conference on “Safety and Health in Research and Education: Enhancing Competencies – Systems & Practices” (SHRE) hosted by the Singapore Institute of Safety
officers (SISO) was held on 16th to 17th October 2013. The conference was attended by local, regional as well as international participants and speakers from countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia Japan, Korea and Canada. The conference provided a platform to share strategic capabilities to develop sound safety and health management systems, which included leadership functions in research and educational institutions. The conference was graced by the presence of Guest of Honour, MrHawaziDaipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Manpower, Singapore.
Participants had the chance to showcase their posters on safety, health and environment research. There were also informative safety posters from SISO. Exhibitors and vendors (e.g. Dräger) were invited to showcase their safety and health equipment to give the participants an enriching experience.
The conference speakers had delivered a wealth of knowledge through their comprehensive and interesting presentations throughout the two-day conference. The participants also had the chance to interact with the speakers during the panel discussions.
Day 1 of the conference kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Peck Thian Guan on creating a “Safety Culture” in the research and teaching environment through the three ‘C’s:
Culture: Improve the safety culture throughout the research and education committee.
Connection: Integrate safety into curriculums.
Collaboration: Share best practices, exchange safety information across institutions/industries locally and internationally, and joint-research projects.
It was also highlighted that the institution’s commitment to “Safety Culture” may be further demonstrated by incorporating safety and health issues in postgraduate thesis defense assessment.
With the tone of “Safety Culture” set in place, the conference proceeded to discuss on developing and implementing safety and health systems and practices.
The first speaker, Dr. Yukiko Nezu, shared on the analysis of the interaction between chemical usage with experimental operations and laboratory layout, and the influence of volatile solvents within the laboratory atmosphere. This study could help pave the way for better laboratory designs.
Mr. Hishamuddin Abdul Halim presented on the systematic chemical health risk assessment (CHRA) program for implementation in university laboratories. He evaluated the relationship between the degree of chemical exposure and the significance of health risk and he also highlighted the challenges in the implementation of the program.
In the context of contractor safety in universities, Dr. Fatma Lestari presented a risk-based approach adopted by Universitas Indonesia in the implementation of contractor safety management system that covered their high risk activities in construction, outdoor hygiene and indoor hygiene.
Assoc. Prof. RisukeKarima shared on accidents and incidents associated with the treatment of alkali metals and the derivatives, which provided timely reminder that the dangers of handling hazardous compounds do not end at the experimental phase; users should take caution during downstream processes, including clean-up and disposal.
The second session of Day 1 focused on effective competency trainings for safety and health professionals, staff and students in research and educational institutions.
A review on health and safety education in universities presented by Prof. Yasushi Okubo summarized the effectiveness of utilizing different training methods in the deliverance of training content. Lectures are effective in imparting systemic knowledge, group based learning are effective in imparting structural knowledge, while project based learning promotes learner’s motivation and enhance the skill of the learner.
The increase in stakeholder’s safety competency has the potential to translate to a decline in accident and incident rates. As commented by Dr. Lee Kien Wah, competency trainings should be short, interesting and challenging to the participants to achieve efficacy. Competency trainings should also be structured by job specificities or levels to better cater to the needs of the participants, such as generic (e.g. fire safety training), specific (e.g. biological safety and chemical safety trainings) and specialized trainings (e.g. occupational first aider).
Furthermore, the substitution of classroom based safety training courses with those conducted online (e.g. the NUS Structured Safety Training System), as shared by Mr. PramothChandrikamohan, has shown to reduce waiting time, provide dynamism, learning flexibility and accessibility to the learner. It also met the increasing demand for safety training, increased productivity and cost savings for the university.
The final session of Day 1 presented examples where good practices have been implemented. In the emerging field of nanomaterial research, Dr. Michael Riediker emphasized on the protection strategies to curb the unconventional safety and health hazards when handling these nanomaterials. Some of these strategies include the substitution to less or non-hazardous alternatives, employing technology to separate the worker from the potential hazards (e.g. glovebox), and the organization effort to reduce interaction with the potential hazards.
The amelioration of safety audits using mobile technology like the Apple iPad in a research and educational institution, as presented by Mr. Rashidi Abdul Rahim, has shown to increase cost savings, enhancing productivity and improving service standards to the stakeholders.
KEYNOTE SPEECHES FOR SHRE & APSS
Day 2 of the SHRE conference began in conjunction with the opening of the 8th Asia Pacific Safety Symposium (APSS). This is the first time Singapore is hosting the APSS conference.
Problems, trends and solutions with regards to workplace safety and health (WSH) in Asia Pacific were discussed by Dr. JukkaTakala. There are safety and health concerns for new and emerging risks (e.g. nanotechnologies), new industries with risks (e.g. green jobs), as well as old risks with new concerns (e.g. combined exposures). It has been brought to the audience’s attention the discernment of perceived risk and real risk of a work-related activity.
One of the discussed solutions to manage the WSH problems in Asia Pacific was to have a total WSH service that is comprehensive and integrated. Prof. Chia Sin Eng shared the key benefits of having a comprehensive WSH service, which included a lengthened productive working life and an enhanced WSH culture. The comprehensive WSH service should include safety (physical work environment), health (personal health) and well-being (mental well-being and healthy behaviors) of employees.
There were panel discussions at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions, which were chaired by Mr. Saravanan Gunaratnam. One of the highlights of the discussions was the suggestion for safety, health and environment compliances to be incorporated as key performance indicators (KPIs) when determining the ranking of a university. There were also comments on increasing information exchanges, such as sharing of accidents and incidents, at international level not only through conferences but also through other means to increase awareness and learning.
The SHRE conference ended with a closing panel discussion where some intriguing suggestions were raised. Many participants had faced difficulties in conveying safety and health messages in their organizations and to stakeholders. Panel members suggested translating the safety and health indicators into stakeholders’ area of interest, such as the dollars and cents impact when safety and health measures are not implemented.
INTERNATIONAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
One of the highlights of the SHRE/APSS conference was the gathering of some international delegates to discuss on areas of collaboration and sharing of best practices on safety management system. Chaired by Dr. Peck Thian Guan, the invited attendees expressed their areas of interests, ranging from exchanging of information on accident statistics, adopting a student’s perception survey on safety and health of another institution, learning the chemical inventory of other universities, to harmonization of training. The collective objective was the continual improvement on the current practices and enhancement of the safety management system at their respective institutions. Although the interaction was brief, the bond of friendship was formed, and the exchange of ideas and information continued post-conference. Moving forward, this international Safety and Health in Research and Education (iSHRE) group could consider exchange programmes and peer reviews in the future.
The conference was successful in providing the opportunity for local, regional and international delegates to interact and share best practices, foster stronger relationships and collaborations to enhance the safety and health culture within research and educational institutions.
Mr. Lum Wai Kiong Danny , Mr. To Jia Wei Joab, Dr. Lim Cheh Peng and Mr. Saravanan Gunaratnam