Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping, Head of the Human Factors in Safety programme in SIM University's (UniSIM) School of Science and Technology, was invited to be the theme weaver for the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Conference 2016, which was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 24 – 25 August 2016.
Co-organised by the WSH Council, WSH Institute and Ministry of Manpower (MOM), this biennial international conference was attended by some 1,000 delegates from 15 countries, comprising WSH professionals and business leaders from various industry sectors, members of regulatory agencies, as well as academia. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower; and Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State for Manpower and in the Prime Minister's Office, who presented the closing address.
As the theme weaver, Associate Professor Chui's role was to facilitate learning by curating key concepts and unifying factors in the various presentations throughout the two days. At this year's conference, there were two keynote addresses, three plenary sessions and eight symposia. Supported by Ms Rosalind Gan, Head of Knowledge Hub at WSH Institute, Associate Professor Chui presented, in five different sessions, major takeaways from all the plenaries and symposia, tying the recurrent focuses to the conference theme of Total WSH: The Future of our Workplace. She also challenged the delegates to think about the issues that were raised.
The conference culminated in the presentation of new guidelines and directions by the International Advisory Panel – a distinguished panel of safety and health experts who have been advising Singapore on WSH practices and its regulatory regime. In her closing session, Associate Professor Chui summarised the key recurring themes as the "Six C's": the need for Common safety goals; Commitment to these goals from all levels in the organisation; Collaboration and Communication across industries, agencies and ministries; and most importantly, investment in safety to come from the heart, that is, there must be genuine Care and Concern for the health and safety of all workers.
Theme weaver Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping links the main ideas presented at the WSH Conference 2016
to facilitate the delegates' better understanding and leave them inspired.
(Seated, from left) Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping; Dr Gan Siok Lin, Executive Director of WSH Institute;
and Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Chairman of WSH Council; together with WSH Institute staff.