Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping, the Head of Programme for Human Factors in Safety at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, was invited through Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Institute, to speak at the 20th Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) held on 18 and 19 September 2017 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Malaysia. Established in 1998, the conference has served as a platform for Occupation Safety and Health (OSH) professionals in Malaysia to share knowledge and skills on safety in the workplace. Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, graced the opening ceremony and emphasised the need to tighten safety at all religious schools in Malaysia as the news of the blaze at a school in Kuala Lumpur that killed 24 people was still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Associate Professor Chui presented an overview of Singapore’s total workplace health and safety approach and discussed the role that ergonomists should play in contributing to the success of this approach. She also spoke about the future of work, and that OSH and Human Factors professionals should be prepared to face new challenges that a highly automated workplace and the gig economy may pose. Together with other invited speakers, the group also visited the National Institute of OSH headquarters (NIOSH) at Bangi, Selangor, to meet with its key management team to discuss possible collaboration. NIOSH was set up to provide OSH training to and services for industries, and conduct research – it is currently equipping an ergonomics laboratory in Johor with a state-of-the-art system.
Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping (sixth from left) with the invited speakers at NIOSH and Mr Ayop Salleh, NIOSH Executive Secretary (fifth from right).