IOSH to host major Asia-Pacific safety and health conference in Hong Kong

30 November 2018

The need for global collaboration and cooperation to create a healthier and safer world of work will be the focus of a major conference in Hong Kong.

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IOSH will host the 33rd Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization annual conference (APOSHO 33) on 4-5 December.

This year’s APOSHO gathering will be an excellent environment for professionals, policymakers and government officials from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to exchange ideas, share experiences and bring about future cooperation.

The conference theme – Driving OSH excellence through communication and collaboration – encompasses all these elements and brings together top speakers, parallel sessions, exhibitors and networking opportunities to inform and inspire.

Chaired by IOSH President Dr Vincent Ho, the APOSHO conference for 2018 has been made possible by members of IOSH’s Hong Kong Branch working in partnership with other APOSHO member organisations.

Dr Vincent Ho, IOSH President, said: 

“Building on the success of the past 32 conferences and combining with the vibrancy of Hong Kong, APOSHO 33 is set to offer an excellent and lively platform for sharing knowledge and good practice, and to forge connections and collaborations.

“As IOSH’s President 2018-19, and on behalf of the APOSHO 33 Organising Committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to APOSHO members for allowing us the opportunity to host this prestigious annual event.”

Keynote speakers at APOSHO 33 will include:

  • Dr Constance CHAN, Director of Health, Department of Health, Hong Kong
  • Ir Dr Wai-Kwok LO, Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the Engineering constituency and Chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong
  • Er Siong Hin HO, Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, Ministry of Manpower
  • Dr Olivier LO, Group Medical Director, International SOS Health sustainability

Key themes of the conference will include: communicating safety messages; how collaboration can make work safer; incorporating OSH into the sustainability agenda; innovation and new ways of working; and how communicating wellbeing means healthier work and benefits to occupational and mental health. 

As part of the conference there will be 15 technical sessions, with over 60 speakers across both days, showcasing a multitude of papers submitted around issues of safety and health. 

Alongside the main APOSHO 33 conference, IOSH will also be hosting a separate student event, ‘Future Leaders of OSH’ in the afternoon of 4 December.

The event will bring together university students from across the countries represented in APOSHO for a unique afternoon programme designed to support career development and progression, and provide networking opportunities, helping to shape the occupational safety and health leaders of tomorrow.

During this session, IOSH will also present the Inspiring OSH Student Award to recognise the innovative work from OSH students across the region. The award will provide a prestigious platform for the winner to present their work, and an opportunity to make a real impact in the field of safety and health. 

With sponsors including MTR Corporation, Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited, International SOS, JLL and many others, this year’s APOSHO has attracted a great deal of support from business, signalling the growing importance of safety and health across Asia.

During APOSHO, IOSH has launched its Managing Safely and Working Safely courses in Simplified Chinese. 

Notes for editors

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. We have more than 47,000 members in about 130 countries.

We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable.

Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. Through our 2017-2022 strategy, ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, we will seek to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industry and strengthen our influence globally through impactful research and development.

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