Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organisation (APOSHO) Conference

3 June 2016

Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organisation (APOSHO) conference 31 was held in New Delhi from 4 April to 7 April 2016. The theme of the Conference was "Safety, Health & Environment - Shared Vision, Collective Action".

IOSH, which is an Affiliate Member of APOSHO, presented on the following topics:

Vincent Ho shared about the IOSH No Time to Lose Campaign and raised the awareness of the silica and other particulate matter which are respirable and cause deaths

John Lacey highlighted the importance of the new ISO 45001 standard specifically on the introduction of leadership commitment and the risk based thinking approach adopted in new ISO 45001. Andy Lo shared the experience in Hong Kong with regards to ‘Design for Safety.'

IOSH Singapore branch was represented by chair Mr. Bhupendra Singh Baliyan, who brought his learning back to Singapore and shared with IOSH members.

APOSHO Conference was an excellent platform to update oneself on the regional development in the occupational safety and health sharing and the exchanging of experience and expertise in the OSH field.

In the conference there were three Plenary and 12 concurrent technical sessions on a wide range of topics on OSH.

Besides presentations by IOSH members, during the conference plenary session delegates from various countries shared their challenges and achievements in OSH. Rapidly growing China, its delegate shared their own OSH system and what the laws and regulation framework (State Administration of work Safety) are; what are the current challenges for  OSH in China under the new norms such as rapid urbanisation, high usage of hazardous material, negligible control  on hazardous material and activities, lack of inspection and advance technology.

German social accident insurance delegate spoke about preventive culture and how to move from safety culture to preventive culture which focuses on prevention of harm and illness. How community and societies can play their important role in cultivating preventive culture right from the beginning of child hood.

Challenges in promoting the surface transport safety in the India was shared by the delegates who highlighted the barriers such as no legal framework for the driver on the mileage travelled, no rest room on the highways, only make shift rest room which fails to provide adequate rest, plus. drink and drive habits of the drivers and poor enforcement of traffic laws.