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Day 1

Time Day 1 (24 Aug 2016)
0900 – 0910 Welcome Address by Chairman, Workplace Safety and Health Council
0910 – 0925 Opening Speech by Minister of Manpower
0925 – 1005 Keynote Address 1

Ms Nancy J Leppink
OSH-Global Action for Prevention: ILO’s global framework to improve OSH
1005 – 1045 Keynote Address 2

Dr Graham Perry Harrison
Work and health
1045 – 1115 Tea Break*
1115 – 1245 Plenary 1: Changing trends in work and technology—What it means to you

This plenary focuses on providing perspectives from the government, private sector and academia on key developments and trends that might impact the workforce and workplaces in the next 10 years. The panel will also focus on possible threats and opportunities these changes may bring to the community and provide insights that will equip businesses, workplaces and workers of the future manage their WSH hazards.

Moderator: Mr Khoo Teng Chye

Dr David Michaels
Occupational safety and health as a value proposition

Mr Peter Andrew
The future of work and workplace

Professor David Chan
Individual adaptation to changes at work

1245 – 1400 Lunch*
1400 – 1530 Symposium 1: Be the difference in WSH

When Apple came up with the slogan, “Think Different”, in 1997, it propelled the company forward and ahead of its competition. Although the advertising slogan was discontinued in 2002, the company’s dominance in the marketplace is still felt today. In the WSH playing field, what can companies do to “think different”, BE the difference and BE a leader in the industry? This session examines companies that have done just that.

Moderator: Mr Gan Seow Kee

Dr Antti Koivula
The Finland experience—Enabling well-being through work

Mr Chow Yew Yuen
The offshore and marine industry—Making a difference through WSH

Mr Pek Lian Guan
Re-think safety

Symposium 2: Emerging issues: Occupational diseases and WSH in transportation

The WSH landscape has changed over the past decade, resulting in new concerns emerging, such as a potential rise in the incidence of occupational diseases and work-related traffic accidents. This session aims to provide perspectives on these new concerns and approaches to address these challenges, emphasising on the need to look at safety, health and well-being in a holistic manner, managed by a multi-disciplinary team.

Moderator: Professor Ken Takahashi

Dr Chaiyuth Chavalitnitikul
“Safety Thailand”: A Collective effort of concerned Ministries to tackle the emerging occupational diseases and accidents of Thai workforce

Professor John Cherrie
Workplace cancer and Vision Zero

Mr Khoo Seng Thiam
This is our most important stop all day
1530 – 1600 Tea Break*
1600 – 1730 Plenary 2: Vision Zero—Inculcating the mindset of being safe and healthy

What entails a Vision Zero mindset? Is it an intricate set of connected systems? Even with the best effort and intent, systems may only be as good as the people operating it. To truly achieve Vision Zero, what more must we do? This plenary session examines who are the stakeholders driving the Vision Zero mindset and the roles they have to play to achieve it.

Moderator: Dr Walter Eichendorf

Mr Franck Baron
Pushing the limits of duty of care

Mr Luca Fontana
Amec Foster Wheeler's approach to health, safety, security and environment management

Mr Kevin Myers
Vision Zero—A regulator's perspective

Mr Yeo Guat Kwang
Creating a positive and safe workplace for our working people with tripartite collaboration

+Research posters on WSH projects will be displayed at the Conference.
*Poster presentation.

Day 2

Time Day 2 (25 Aug 2016)
0900 – 1030 Symposium 3: Business sustainability: WSH and crisis management

It is of utmost importance for a business to be ready for an unexpected crisis so that it can respond quickly to mitigate its impact and minimise business disruption. In this session, we will hear from local and global companies how they prepare and manage crisis in a timely and safe manner. The speakers will also explore WSH implications from upstream preventive measures till recovery of the business.

Moderator: Mr Norman Tan

Professor Seong-Kyu Kang
MERS and occupational health in Korea

Mr Johan Geerinck
Environment, health and safety excellence

Mr Ajay Mishra
Crisis management at SATS

Ms Yvonne Wong
Sustaining and strengthening Singapore businesses with WSH framework

Symposium 4: Total WSH—Your role in the team

Total WSH is a comprehensive and integrated approach to manage WSH holistically. What are the roles of employers and employees in Total WSH? In this session, speakers will provide an interactive and engaging experience for participants to appreciate the importance of addressing individual stakeholder's concerns and managing team dynamics for the successful implementation of Total WSH.

Associate Professor Chia Sin Eng
Moderator/Total WSH Consultant:

Mr Eric Soh
Total WSH Chair/Senior management

Ms Suhanah Alwi
HR Manager

Dr Andrew Epaphroditus Tay
Company Doctor

Dr Gan Siok Lin
Executive Director

Mr Chee San Heng
WSH Officer

Mr Lim Kian Chuan
Union member

1030 – 1100 Tea Break*
1100 – 1230 Symposium 5: A safe and healthy workplace makes business sense—The key levers

This symposium aims to evaluate the complex relationship between work environment and the overall health, safety and well-being of employees. It examines how WSH is an enabler for improved productivity and attractiveness of an organisation as an employer and business partner. In this session, speakers from different countries and WSH background will elaborate on the systems, structures and processes that are needed to ensure that WSH risks are well managed. Their sharing will illuminate indicators that companies can use to measure the success of their safety and health interventions.

Moderator: Mr Ashish Anupam

Ms Shelley Frost
The value of OSH in a sustainable business

Mr Edward Wee
Promoting flexibility in achieving work-life integration through positive health and safety culture

Er Ho Siong Hin
Well-being through work—A “no choice” option?

Symposium 6: Communicating WSH in a diverse workplace

This session looks at how appropriate communication could improve WSH performance of workers within a dynamic and diverse workplace. Speakers will share international initiatives, case studies and practical tips on how minor tweaks to one’s daily communication and messaging habits would harness benefits of a diverse workplace and help improve an organisation’s overall performance.

Moderator: Mr Zee Yoong Kang

Mr Ong Kim Pong
Communicating WSH in a diverse workplace—The PSA Experience

Mr Bruno Thiebaud
“United in Diversity”—How do the European Union’s WSH communications measure up?

Professor Theng Yin Leng
A study of employees’ acceptance of using exergames for corporate wellness

1230 – 1400 Lunch*
1400 – 1530 Symposium 7: Innovative approaches in WSH

Ever wonder how conventional hazards can be managed in an innovative way? In this session, speakers will share new practices or technological innovations developed to manage WSH issues and hazards at workplaces.

Moderator: Mr Tan Puay Hin

Dr Lee Newman, MD
Innovative interventions in Total Worker Health®: Model partnership between academia and a workers’ compensation insurance company

Ms Karen Curran
Workers’ compensation takes Total Worker Health® to small business

Dr David Chua
Enhancing Design for Safety with BIM

Dr Evelyn Teo Ai Lin
IPASS: An innovative BIM tool to determine productivity and safety index

Symposium 8: Work ability and fitness for work—The way forward

The tight labour market requires solutions to return injured workers to the workforce. Organisations that proactively adopt strategies to assess and address employees’ work ability are better able to create safer, healthier and more sustainable workforces. This session looks at some approaches used to extend employees’ work life.

Moderator: Ms Michelle Baxter

Senior Lieutenant Colonel (SLTC) Chia Hon Teck
Reintegrating injured sailors in the Navy

Dato’ Dr Mohammed Azman bin Dato’ Aziz Mohammed
Enhancing WSH with disability management. A tertiary prevention approach

Ms Marie Larue
When primary prevention fails

1530 – 1600 Tea Break*
1600 – 1610 MOU Signing Ceremony
1610 – 1740 Plenary 3: International Advisory Panel (IAP) recommendations
1740 – 1810 Closing Address

+Research posters on WSH projects will be displayed at the Conference.
*Poster presentation.

Call for Posters


The Singapore Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Conference is a biennial event that serves as a platform for top business leaders, government officials, international and local WSH thought leaders and professionals to congregate and share new WSH developments and exchange ideas to enhance the WSH landscape in Asia. Inaugurated in 2010, the Conference attracts renowned international and local speakers and delegates from the region and across industries.

The theme of this year’s Singapore WSH Conference is: ‘Total WSH: The Future of Our Workplace’. The Conference aims to highlight the importance of adopting a holistic approach at managing both safety and health risks in the workplace.

Call for Posters (closed)

We are inviting submissions of research posters for The Singapore WSH Conference 2016. The poster session provides a platform for delegates to share their findings with WSH practitioners and policymakers. The posters will be displayed throughout the Conference and authors may be allocated time slots to interact with the conference participants.


Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of their poster presentation in no more than 300 words. The abstract shall be submitted using the prescribed form to

The deadline for the submission is now closed. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by The Singapore WSH Conference 2016 Programme Committee. Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their submissions. Decisions will be final.

Poster presenters will be required to register for the Conference and will be offered a privileged rate.

Operating hours: 9:30hrs - 17:30hrs (GMT + 8hrs), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Registration for Successful Applicants

Poster presenters will be required to register for the Conference and will be offered a privileged rate.

For enquiries, please contact:

Singapore WSH Conference Secretariat
Tel: +65 9128 8113
Fax: +65 6270 0261
Operating Hours: 9:30hrs - 17:30hrs (GMT + 8hrs), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Concurrent Exhibition

OS+H Asia 2016

OS+H Asia 2016 is the 10th edition of The Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia. Held in Singapore since its inception in 1998, it is driven by A+A, the world’s leading trade fair for all aspects of Safety, Security and Health at Work, organised by Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. As the region’s most important exhibition for all involved in occupational safety and health, OS+H Asia 2016 provides a wide array of products, services and applications from leading companies in the field. The exhibition runs from 24 – 26 August 2016 and is open from 10am – 6pm daily.

OS+H Asia 2016 is held concurrently with The Singapore Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Conference 2016.

For more information on OS+H Asia 2016, click here.

Satellite Events

Workplace Safety and Health in the Construction Sector Seminar

Workplace safety and health (WSH) is of paramount importance to any organisation and industry leaders need to take the lead in creating and instilling a safety awareness culture at various levels in their organisations. Implementing good WSH practices at worksites as part of an organisation’s overall business management system, taking proactive measures to prevent accidents (e.g., proper training, implementing programmes such as Design for Safety) and inculcating a preventive culture among workers will not only help a company’s operations but also enhances its productivity and efficiency.

The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd together with SCAL Academy is pleased to organise a seminar on Workplace Safety and Health in Construction Sector on 18 August 2016. This seminar is held in conjunction with The Singapore WSH Conference 2016.

This seminar will focus on:

For more information, please contact Ms Elene Yeo or Ms Weixuan at 6793 9020 (Tel) or; Alternatively, you can go to and click on “SEMINARS” for details and registration.

Trainers Mr Goh Chye Guan, Mr Gerald Tan, Mr Jason Heng, Dr N Krishnamurthy
Location SCAL @ Construction House
Date 18 August 2016 (Thurs)
Time 1.00pm to 5.30pm
Cost SCAL or SLOTs member: S$80.00 per person
Non-member: S$90.00 per person

Sign up now to confirm your participation!
Click here to register and find out more about the event.
For more information on SCAL Academy, click here.

Symposium on Human Factors in Healthcare

Medical errors in Singapore are more common than one thinks. High profile cases have made it to the news and were debated in parliament, however, many cases have gone unnoticed. It is therefore, important to address the problems holistically. This half-day symposium brings together human factors professionals, healthcare workers, quality managers and workplace health and safety professionals to learn from each other, and have a dialogue on how we can provide a safer and healthier environment for healthcare workers and patients.

Location SIM University 461 Clementi Road Block B, Level 4, Lecture Theatre 4.17
Date 22 August 2016 (Mon)
Time 9.00am to 1.00pm
Cost Free

Click here to register.
For more information, click here. Alternatively, you can contact Yvonne Yeo or Chui Yoon Ping at or 6248 9605 or 6248 9251.

Understanding and Managing Risk Exposure for your Business Travellers

In light of recent medical and travel security-related incidents and that they may be results of terrorist attacks, organisations are increasingly concerned about the safety and health of business travellers and international assignees. How does one mitigate these risks in the ever-changing and volatile landscape? This interactive workshop led by International SOS Regional Medical Director and Regional Security Expert is designed to allow you to:

Theme Future of Border-less Workplace
Venue Carlton Hotel, Empress Ballroom 2, Level 2
Date 23 August 2016 (Tue)
Time 2.00pm to 6.00pm

Seats are on first-come-first-serve basis. Email to confirm your seat.
For more information, click here.

Forum on Workplace Safety + Health

The Forum on Workplace Safety + Health is held concurrently with OS+H Asia 2016. It will gather regional WSH experts, specialists and manufacturers to share their insights on strategic capabilities in workplace safety and health (WSH). Get inspired by WSH experts, learn and benefit from discussions on emerging issues in WSH, competency requirements for WSH professionals and the latest WSH technological advances and innovations.

Location Suntec Singapore, Level 3, Summit 2
Date 26 August 2016 (Fri)
Organisers Singapore Institution of Safety Officers; Institution of Engineers, Singapore; Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (Singapore Branch); Occupational and Environmental Health Society and Messe Düsseldorf Asia

For more information on the Forum on Workplace Safety + Health, visit

Risks to Health in the Workplace and How to Manage Them Effectively Workshop

Increasing industrial activity worldwide means that there are more people exposed to chemical and physical agents such as dust, solvents and noise with the potential to cause work-related diseases (e.g., silicosis, cancer, noise-induced diseases such as hearing loss) and cardiovascular diseases. New technologies also pose new risks. Effective management of risk to health at work is a critical element in an integrated strategy for Total WSH but it can be challenging to implement.

IOM Singapore is pleased to invite interested stakeholders to learn more about the importance of health risks in the workplace and how they can be managed.

Trainers Professor John Cherrie, Professor Richard Graveling, Professor Rob Aitken and
Dr Michael Riediker
Location Lecture Hall, Geylang Public Library
Date 26 August 2016 (Fri)
Time 10.00am to 5.00pm
Cost Early bird registration: S$95.00 (before gst) per person (first 50 registrants)

Sign up now to confirm your participation!
Click here to know more information on the event.
For more information on IOM Singapore, click here.

Sports Safety & Risk Assessment in Sports Workshop

In line with theme of The Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Conference 2016, Sport Singapore is pleased to invite valued partners and stakeholders from the sporting fraternity to participate in the “Sports Safety & Risk Assessment in Sports” workshop. The 3-hour short course aims to equip participants with fundamental skills and knowledge in sports safety and risk management for sports and recreational environments or events.

Trainer Ms Delphine Fong Director, Safety Management (ActiveSG)
Location SIRC seminar room, Singapore Sports Hub (Sports Info & Resource Centre)
Date 27 August 2016 (Sat)
Time 9.30am to 12.30pm
Cost Free

Sign up now to confirm your participation!
Click here to register or contact Mr Richard Loh at for more information.
For more information on SportSG, click here.