WORK 2022 comes alive at Singapore Networking Night

During World Congress week, IOSH’s Singapore Branch held a vibrant Networking Night reception at the Marina Mandarin hotel, Raffles Boulevard, Singapore. It was a chance to hear from President Graham Parker and CE Bev Messinger about the global changes underway at IOSH.

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President Graham Parker delivered an opening talk reflecting on highlights from the past year and the significance of the new IOSH five-year global strategy, WORK 2022, in setting focus and direction. IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger concentrated in more detail on the transformations and improvements taking place at IOSH to deliver the new strategy.

More than 100 guests attended including three past IOSH Presidents: Head of RoSPA Scotland Dr Karen McDonnell, incoming Chairman of the British Safety Council Professor Lawrence Waterman OBE, and Tim Briggs, Course Director at Leeds Beckett University and Chair of the IOSH Professional Standards Committee, who gave a presentation on mental health and wellbeing.

Other special guests included Chi-Ming (CM) Law, Secretary General of APOSHO (the Asia-Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization) and Honorary President of Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Association; IOSH Vice-President Dr Vincent Ho, Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Risk Management and Safety; and Professor Mohamad Khan, Founding Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Safety & Health, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Malaysia.

Such a unique gathering of leading international figures from occupational safety and health was made possible by the fact Singapore has been hosting three major OSH events this week: the annual INSHPO meeting, the triennial World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and APOSHO 32.

It meant other guests could join such as international consultant and current IOSH Fire Risk Management Group Chair Dr David Gold, who divides his time between Switzerland and the USA, and IOSH Council member Mary Lawrence, an expert in health and safety legislation from law firm Osborne Clarke.

Mary presented extended analysis on UK-focused research and analysis published earlier this year by IOSH and Osborne Clarke revealing how Britain’s new sentencing guidelines for accidents and near misses resulted in a 533% rise in the number of fines over £1m in 2016.

She examined how this trend might predict similar changes in Singapore and South-East Asia and elicited a number of thought-provoking questions from the audience. Finally, a young graduate entrepreneur, Jordan Gruber, MD of Frontier Microscopy, an Australian start-up enabling massively rapid testing of asbestos and SMF particles, gave a short pitch about his company's technology and the prospects for it being able to help in the fight against occupational cancer.

Bhupendra Singh Baliyan, Chair of the Singapore Branch, was master of ceremonies, and the other executive committee members, including the branch’s immediate past chair Darren Brunton and Harry Ho, its first and founding chair (2011-2014), were engaging and attentive hosts to perhaps the largest group of guests the branch has ever assembled.

The evening was a vibrant opportunity for members and a team of IOSH staff to meet other professionals from around the world for an entertaining exchange of opinions and ideas.