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Awards and Achievements

Awards and Achievements

WSH Institute's Executive Director receives 2013 AIHA YANT AWARD

Dr Jukka
 Each year, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) presents the AIHA Yant Award to outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields to an individual residing outside the United States.

In 2013, the winner was Dr Jukka Takala, then Executive Director of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute.

Dr Takala has more than 30 years of experience in WSH. Prior to his appointment at the Institute, he served the European Union for five years until September 2011 as the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. From 2010 to 2011, he was also the Head of Coordination of all 32 EU Regulatory Agencies.

Dr Takala has held various positions in the ILO, including Chief of ILO's International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) in 1986; Chief of the Safety and Health Information Services Programme in 1994, and Chief of the OSH Branch in 1996. From 1999 to 2006, he was Director of the InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) of the International Labour Office.

Dr. Takala has also worked in the metal industry and was an academic from 1969 to 1973. Prior to joining the ILO, Dr. Takala served the Government of Finland first as an Inspector, followed by posts as Safety Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Chief of Machine Safety Bureau in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Labour in Finland.

In 2012, the same award was presented to Mr. Tan Kia Tang, Deputy Director (Occupational Hygiene), Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower Singapore.


CIO Asia
WSH Institute has been admitted into the list of CIO 100 HONOUREE 2013. This is CIO Asia's annual index of Asia's top performing enterprise users of IT. The award was for the development of the innovative ergo@WSH mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones. 

About the CIO 100 Awards
CIO Asia magazine's annual CIO 100 index highlights top 100 regional enterprises and organisations that have excelled through creative and innovative IT projects in the past year. Companies that achieve CIO 100 listing have broken new ground by using IT systems, initiatives, and projects to provide added value to their customers. 

PS Commendation
 In February 2014, the WSH Institute clinched the PS Commendation Award at the Ministry of Manpower Awards 2014. The WSH Institute initiated a study in November 2012 to better understand the economic impact of work-related injuries and ill health on employers, employees, and the community for the year 2011 so as to provide additional impetus for all stakeholders to reduce work injuries and ill health.

Findings revealed that the estimated total economic cost was S$10.45 billion, which is equivalent to 3.2% of Singapore’s GDP in 2011. The costs borne by different economic agents were: S$2.31 billion (22.1%) by employers; S$5.28 billion (50.5%) by workers, and S$2.87 billion (27.4%) by the community.

This study re-affirmed WSH Institute’s role as the think-tank for the WSH landscape in Singapore by providing research-based evidence to support the review of WSH policies and strategies. The success of this first local study was made possible by the contributions of officers from MOM, as well as other government agencies that helped by fine-tuning the model used to derive the cost estimates.