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WSH Institute Forum on “Connecting WSH Research and Practice”


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The WSH Institute organised a Forum on 5th May 2016 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre to bring together experts from various disciplines to share on research findings and good practices for a safe and healthy work environment.  The event was well-attended by close to 400 participants comprising industry leaders, researchers from IHLs, doctors, nurses, public officers and safety and health professionals from the various industries.

opening sam tan 

Guest of Honour, Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry of  Manpower, delivered the Opening Address. He emphasised the importance of evidence-based research to achieve WSH excellence and encouraged the industry to continue to partner the WSH Institute to co-create practical and sustainable solutions to prevent work injuries and ill health.  

The first presenter, Dr N. Krishnamurthy, a veteran WSH researcher and consultant, shared on the research findings and recommendations from the study on the causes and factors surrounding falls from height. This was followed by Dr Goh Yang Miang, Assistant Professor from National University of Singapore who elaborated on the importance of a fall arrest system and shared on the online computational tool he was developing to improve fall protection system design. Ms Ho Yin Shan, Director (Operations and Projects), Singapore Power, brought the audience through SP Services’s journey and innovative practices in managing traffic safety. Last but not least, Dr Sylvia Teo, Principal Specialist from the OSH Specialist Department at Ministry of Manpower shared on common gaps in the prevention of occupational diseases at workplaces and ways to address them. 


The 1-hour panel discussion with the speakers, moderated by Dr Jukka Takala, Senior Consultant to MOM and WSH Institute, was an engaging and fruitful session.  Some of the challenges and insights in translating research knowledge to practical solutions were discussed. The panel also touched on ways that researchers can better connect with ground practitioners for more impactful research outcomes. 

closing Mr Khoo

The Institute Forum ended with Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Chairman of the WSH Institute Governing Board, re-iterating WSH Institute’s purpose to create, enhance and share WSH knowledge through active involvement of researchers and practitioners in the industry, leading to healthier, safer and more productive workplaces.


  • Read the full speech by Mr Sam Tan here
  • Click here for the presentation slides from Dr N Krishnamurthy
  • Click here for the presentation slides from Dr Goh Yang Miang
  • Click here for the presentation slides from Ms Ho Yin Shan
  • Click here for the presentation slides from Dr Sylvia Teo
  • Read the closing address by Mr Khoo Teng Chye here
  • [New] A report on the forum proceedings is now available. Click here to download.
  • [New] A short video featuring the highlights of the forum can be viewed here.