2023 Conference

2023 Conference

The Conference

The Annual Ergonomics and Hygiene Conference & Exhibition was held on 23-24 August 2023 in Singapore. This conference was hosted by IEH Singapore and supported by various partners. It was a unique forum for Occupational Hygienists, Ergonomists, and all Health & Safety professionals alike to network and share their best practices.

Theme: Collaboration for Sustainable Health in Future of Work

The theme focuses on exploring how various disciplines in Occupational Hygiene, Human Factors & Ergonomics, and other OSH professionals can better work together to identify, collaborate, and manage workplace health challenges in the post-pandemic world and uncertain global economic time.

Venue: NTU@One-north Campus

The Conference & Exhibition will be held at the NTU@One-north Campus, Buona Vista, Singapore.

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UNITAR Accreditation

The Ergonomics and Hygiene 2023 Conference and Exhibition is accredited by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Each delegate will receive a certificate from UNITAR at the end of the conference.

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Sub-theme 1: Challenges to Health in the Future of Work

The pandemic has changed the definition of our workplace. It’s no longer confined within traditional dimensions but adapted to suit the work itself. This evolution undermines a different set of challenges. Learn about new thoughts and solutions to cater to this new dynamic workplace.

Sub-theme 2: Collaborating for Sustainable Workplace Health

No one can do this alone. It will take the collaborative efforts of everyone to see safety and occupational hygiene with a renewed perspective. Hear about current initiatives around us and determine if you and your company can be active participants in these efforts.

Speaker List

Guest Speakers

Dr Richard Graveling

Now largely retired, Richard currently remains an Associate Ergonomist at IOM.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF) and an Honorary Director of the Institute of Ergonomics and Hygiene in Singapore.  Before retiring with over 40 years of research experience, Richard acted as an authoritative advisor to government and EU departments on a number of occasions. He occasionally provides help and advice, including serving on several European and International Standards Working Groups.

Mr Ameerali Abdeali

Honourary President of the National Safety Council Singapore

Mr Maharshi Mehta

President, International Occupational Hygiene Association

Keynote speakers

Dr Loh Tzu Yang

Assistant Professor Loh Tzu Yang serves as the Co-Director for the Master of Science in Safety Health and Environmental Technology at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore. With over ten years of experience in regional safety & health leadership positions across different private sector companies, Dr Loh brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the programme. He holds a Master of Science in Safety Health and Environmental Technology from the National University of Singapore and a Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Engineering from the University of Tasmania (Australia) which he obtained under the Antarctic Gateway Partnership Scholarship Programme. Dr. Loh’s research interests are in the area of risk analysis, with a particular focus on fuzzy system dynamics. He holds the certification of a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) from the board for global EHS credentialing (USA) and is a registered workplace safety and health officer under the Ministry of Manpower.

Ms Lydia Law

Lydia is an established research professional and ‘bridge builder’ with over 15 years of experience leading and managing cross-disciplinary projects and programs. Following her training at Imperial College and Stanford University, Lydia developed and honed a robust set of technical and research management skills, in addition to growing her interest at DSO National Laboratory in thermal physiology and human performance research.

Her leadership and strong systems-thinking approaches have been instrumental in spearheading significant projects, including the development of a pioneering return-to-duty thermoregulatory assessment, the first prospective cohort study investigating training-related injuries, and combat load studies that have brought about notable improvements in policy and practice.

With her recent appointment as Co-Director of HRPC, Lydia strives to continue to build bridges, catalyse advancements and push boundaries in the field of heat resilience and performance research, with the aim to deliver meaningful impact and contributions to the community.

Mr Akesh Abhilash

Akesh is an Of Counsel in the Litigation and Dispute Management Practice Group. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes and contractual claims, and has also acted in insolvency, criminal, probate, and matrimonial matters. Akesh also advises on matters relating to regulatory compliance. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre as well as panel Mediator with the Bangalore International Mediation, Arbitration, and Conciliation Centre (BIMACC).

Akesh also volunteers with the Singapore Law Society, Pro Bono Services Office, by serving as Defence Counsel under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS).

Akesh read law at Singapore Management University where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 2013, and was a winner of the Drew & Napier Prize for the Top Student in Advocacy. He was also part of the SMU team which qualified for the final rounds of the 8th International Chamber of Commerce International Mediation Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2012 Bain & Company Case Competition. He graduated with a Masters in Law from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2014, where he was the graduation speaker for the LL.M class.

Akesh was called to the Singapore Bar in 2015. He is a member of the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.

Plenary speakers

Mr Alvin Gan

Mr. Alvin Gan is the Radiation Safety Officer (S.E Asia + Korea) for Varian Medical System, a Siemens Healthineer company. Varian delivers radiation oncology treatment devices and software for treating cancer through radiotherapy, proton therapy and brachytherapy.

He is responsible for leading the oversight and coordination of radiation safety compliance activities in South East Asia region and acts as the principal subject matter expert in radiation safety and protection. 

Prior to joining Varian, he was the Occupational Safety Program Lead in University of California, Davis (UC Davis Medical Center) and was managing the occupational safety programs in the hospital, and Safety and Health Manager in National University of Singapore (NUS) and was co-leading the radiation safety program in NUS campus. He has close to twelve years of working experience as a Safety and Health Professional in industries spanning from shipbuilding and ship-repairing, institute of higher education, medical hospital and medical device manufacturing.

He received his advanced radiation safety officer training from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and European Nuclear Training and Tutoring Institute (ENSTTI). He has a Master’s Degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology (with specialization in Industrial Hygiene) and holds several professional certifications including Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

Ms Anita Rios

Ms Anita Fernandez-Rios is a professional consultant and auditor with more than 35 years of professional working experience in the fields of human factors, environment, and occupational health and safety (EHS).  Ms. Fernandez-Rios has worked as environmental engineer, OHS auditor, consultant, trainer, and manager. She has worked for a variety of sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemical, iron and steel, construction, academe, and information technology.

Anita is a qualified environmental practitioner (QEP) with the Board for Global EHS Credentialing, USA and is the Regional Coordinator of QEP and EPI Certifications for APAC. She is also a certified office ergonomics evaluator (COEE Certificate No. 5201) with the Humanscale, USA.

Currently, Anita is with BlackBerry as the Sr. Manager, Environment, Health and Safety for Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East. She is based in Singapore and is responsible for BlackBerry’s global program on occupational health and safety, EHS legal compliance and sustainability.  BlackBerry Singapore Pte Ltd has been awarded the Organizational Champion (Excellence) Award 2022 by the Singapore Health Promotion Board featuring ergonomics as implemented in BlackBerry Singapore office.

Dr Asankhaya Sharma

Dr. Asankhaya Sharma is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Securade.ai, a deep-tech startup with the vision to make the world a safer place. Dr. Sharma is a well known technology expert, author, and public speaker. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and software development fields holding technical leadership roles at startups and large enterprises.
Prior to Securade.ai he was the global director of innovation and incubation at Veracode, an application security company. Before that, he was the head of R&D at SourceClear (acquired by CA Technologies in 2018), the first software security company focussed on open-source security and software supply chain.
He has a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University (SMU).

Mr Daryl Sng

Daryl Sng is a Senior Engineer in Micron Semiconductor with accumulation of 6 years of EHS experience with coverage on several other different Health and Safety programmes such as Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health & Wellbeing, EHS management systems, Audits, and Emergency planning and response. He graduated with a Masters in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology with additional background in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering and has worked in other semiconductor and Oil & Gas companies.

Key contributions thus far includes:

  • Planning, coordination and participation in 2019 NFEC Mass Fire Evacuation Drill in collaboration with SCDF to perform HRI exercise in GLOBALFOUNDRIES as an opening event,
  • Completion of  an ergonomics assessment project and implementation of measures across network that enable cost avoidance of US$5million.

Social media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darylsn

Mr Edwin Yap

Edwin Yap, Vice President of Chubb Global Risk Advisors Pte Ltd since 2005, has more than thirty years of HSE experience under his belt. In addition to his dual Master’s degrees – Master of Science (Safety, Health and Environmental Technology) and Master of Science (Industrial System Engineering) – National University of Singapore, Edwin is also Singapore MOM-approved WSH Auditor, WSH Council-approved CultureSAFE and Total WSH Consultant.

Edwin plays an active role in Singapore’s HSE arena, by holding key positions in numerous educational and professional associations. These include President, NUS Alumni SHE Society, Board Member, National Fire and Civil Emergency Council (NFEC),  Chairman, Industrial Premises Committee (IPC) and Past President, Human Factors Ergonomics Society of Singapore (HFESS) and Singapore Institute of Safety Officer (SISO).

Ms Hafizalena Osman

Nor Hafizalena Osman, currently working as Principal Industrial Hygiene at Upstream HSE Business at PETRONAS. Has more than 22 years working experience in the field of Industrial Hygiene with 16 years experiences in oil and gas industry.

Being the technical specialist, played as key role in strategizing and driving the development of sustainable noise risk management program including noise risk assessment, monitoring and control strategy as one of business key focus area during design and operation stages.

Year 2022 to 2023 leading the business initiatives to establish clear strategy on maintenance guideline for noise engineering control equipment.

Mr Jai Prakash

Jai Prakash S/O Kanagersundram has been advocating for pragmatic Environment Health and Safety (EHS) solutions for his clients with the aim of making health and safety a relevant component of all businesses. His keen eye for details and aspiration to improve current work practices has been the value generator to boost the health and safety climate for businesses, of any size.

Jai is also a Ministry of Manpower registered Workplace Safety and Health Officer (WSHO), Singapore Civil Defense Force Registered Fire Safety Manager (FSM), Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Certified Internal Auditor ISO 9001, 45001 & 14001 Management Systems and bizSAFE Level 2 Risk Champion. He was also an ex-Workplace Safety and Health Inspector with the Ministry of Manpower (Occupational Health and Safety Department).

He received his education at the Singapore University of Social Sciences with a Bachelor’s in Human Factors in Safety. As a first step towards giving back to the community, he is a volunteer with the IOSH Singapore Branch, facilitating free EHS webinars to share knowledge on managing workplaces effectively.
Jai is currently practising as a Senior Health and Safety Consultant with Mackin EHS, an award winning workplace specialist with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, and the USA.

Ms Kam Wai Kuen

Wai Kuen is the Assistant Director for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) in the Singapore General Hospital, leading a team of 6 staff in managing the hospital WSH program since 2008.  Prior to SGH, her career in WSH management took her from the NUS Faculty of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Singapore and to the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, all of which provided a rich foundation in biomedical sciences and laboratory safety management.

Wai Kuen has been a Registered WSH Officer with the Ministry of Manpower since 1997.  In the past 10 years, she considers her most significant achievement to be her contribution to the planning and design for safety for the Outram Community Hospital building.  The project was in line with her interest in making working life safer and healthier for colleagues through design improvement in facilities, equipment and processes. 

Professionally, Wai Kuen has contributed greatly to the establishment and development of WSH in the healthcare industry, having presented papers and posters in various occupational health and safety conferences and meetings locally and internationally.  Current WSH interests are in management of WRMSD and healthcare worker abuse and harassment.

On the national level, Wai Kuen contributes her expertise and experience in the WSH Council (Industry Capability Building) Committee and she also represents SingHealth in the WSH Council (Healthcare) Committee.

Kam Wai Kuen, B.Sc., Reg WSH Officer

Assistant Director, Workplace Safety and Health, Singapore General Hospital

[email protected]

Ms Masfarita Mustaffa

Masfarita is the Principal of Industrial Hygiene at the Malaysian National Oil Company, PETRONAS where she heads the Industrial Hygiene Team at Project Delivery and Technology (PD&T) Division. She specializes in implementing the requirements of industrial hygiene into becoming Best In Class practices within PETRONAS’ project execution that significantly led to improved capital project’s health and safety execution. Masfarita is a Professional Member of Malaysian Board of Technologists (Ts.), Associate Member of British Occupational Hygiene Society (AFOH) and Member of Malaysian Industrial Hygiene Association as well as the Human Factor and Ergonomic Society of Malaysia. With over 17 years of oil and gas experience, Masfarita is now actively driving the Human Factor Working Committee for PETRONAS PD&T as the Secretary. Masfarita holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University Technology PETRONAS and a Master in Science (Environmental Biotechnology) from The University of Manchester.

Speaker Slides

Akesh Abhilash – A Legal Insight into The Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006

Loh Tzu Yang – Protecting our People: Addressing Challenges in the Field of Occupational Hygiene

Lydia Law – Working in a warming world – more than just heat injuries and productivity losses

Maharshi Mehta – Lessons Learned in Exposure. Assessment Globally

Alvin Gan – Will Ionizing Radiation turn me into THE INCREDIBLE HULK?

Anita Rios – Ergonomics in everyday office work

Asankhaya Sharma – Using Computer Vision and AI to Improve Worker Safety

Daryl Sng – Understanding Workplace Wellbeing

Edwin Yap – Silencing the Noise: A Regional Study of Noise Levels in Data Centres

Jai Prakash – Challenges in addressing the root of the cause of workplace accidents?

Kam Wai Kuen – Epidemiology of WRMSD in an acute tertiary hospital

Masfarita Mustaffa – Recognizing the human factor and human performance elements in Project Delivery through verification of incident causations categorization, a PETRONAS experience

Nor Hafizalena Osman – Cross-Functional Collaboration Toward Enhancement of Maintenance Program to Overcome Challenges on Sustenance of Noise Engineering Control Equipment Reliability

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Exhibitor List


Casella is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of occupational hygiene and environmental monitoring equipment. The instrumentation includes real-time dust monitors, personal sampling pumps, sound level meters, hand-arm vibration monitors, and environmental units.

CitiSafe Pte Ltd

CitiSafe Pte Ltd was incorporated in 2007 for trading, servicing, and rental of leading-edge safety instruments & products for personal, plant, and environmental safety.
Apart from distributing equipment, we also install and maintain gas monitoring systems, sound level meters/dosimeters, Hg and H2S analyzers, and a range of alarms & beacons.
We believe in offering bespoke solutions unique to our customers’ needs.
CitiSafe offers manufacturer-approved service with trained technicians for quality results. We guarantee all rental equipment is fully calibrated and reliable with out-of-the-box performance and inventory that’s been carefully selected and maintained for maximum reliability.

Draeger Singapore Pte Ltd

Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. In the Safety division, we offer complete hazard management solutions with a focus on personal protection, and workplace and plant safety. Our current portfolio includes stationary and mobile gas detection systems, respiratory protection, firefighting equipment, professional diving gear, and alcohol and drug-testing instruments. Whether in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Fire Services, Shipping, Food & Beverages, Law Enforcement, or the Pharma industry, we support you in recognizing dangers safely.

Newcastle Australia Institute of Higher Education

Newcastle Australia Institute of Higher Education is a fully-owned subsidiary of the prestigious University of Newcastle, ranked among the top 175 global universities. As the Asia-Pacific Hub, we prioritise excellence, engagement, equity, and sustainability. We provide practical learning, innovative teaching, recognised study programs, and world-class research to groom life-ready graduates.

Chubb Global Risk Advisors Pte Ltd

Chubb Global Risk Advisors Pte. Ltd. is one of Asia’s leading providers of Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) consulting and compliance services. We work closely with our clients to evaluate their existing programs and develop strategic safety solutions that integrate effective risk management practices into their current business operations.

World of Safety and Health Asia

World of Safety & Health Asia believes that a well-informed workplace is a safer workplace! Our mission is to save lives by curating safety and health information on our online platform, benefiting everyone! World of Safety & Health Asia provides a FREE platform for all safety & health solutions providers to showcase their solutions, events & courses at NO COST.


We like to call ourselves the synapse between athlete and technology, helping sportsmen and their support teams analyse their training performance through state of the art technology.

Guangzhou Hyetone Industrial Technology Co Ltd

Guangzhou Hyetone Industrial Technology Co., Ltd. has been deeply involved in the field of Human-Machine Interaction for 16 years, focusing on the use of machinery and intelligence to empower industrial workers.

The core of our differentiated competition strategy are ergonomics, profiling technology, motion capture, motion recognition, tactile interaction, life monitoring, and simulation.

Our products integrate the work of the human body and machinery to reduce physical labour and amplify the physical output. Our Intellidyne 5G IoT platform collects data on the worker’s condition, monitor the labour status in real time, and allows efficient production monitoring and planning.

IOSH Singapore Branch

IOSH is the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for health and safety professionals. Our vision is simple: a safe and healthy world of work.

Absolute Instrument Systems (Pte.) Ltd.

Absolute Instrument Systems (Pte.) Ltd. was established in 2007 and is known by our customers as a reliable market leader and quality provider of Monitoring Systems for Environmental Management and Protection. We aspire to be the preferred choice of supplier for delivering valued products and services for protecting the environment and contributing to workplace health and safety.

FischerBell Private Ltd

Fischer Bell is dedicated to continuously enhance the safety standards of the workplace and the environment. This is achieved via provisioning of the newest line-up in safety related equipment and services that cater to the dynamic landscape of the workplace and environment whilst doing so at a competitive price.


Specialist Testing and Technical Services

Mission: To provide consultancy, inspection, testing & training services in the areas of civil, geology, environmental, chemical, food and biological sciences

1doc by iAPPS Health Group

1doc empowers individuals through Personalised, Predictive, and Preventive Medicine. Our vision: leading integrated healthcare across South East Asia, offering high-quality, affordable care.

Shamir Asia Pte Ltd


Perfectly fitted protection

Brand mission: To provide each worker, in any organization, with safety glasses that are best suited to their vocational and visual needs, ensuring their protection, comfort and confidence at work.

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Singapore (HFESS)

Tagline/Mission Statement: Driving Human Progress Together

Background: HFESS is a special interest group to promote the awareness of Human Factors & Ergonomics (HFE) in Singapore. This society advocates the application of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems between human, machines, and environments to ensure effectiveness, safety, ease of use and performance.

SV Sterilizer Pte. Ltd.

SV Sterilizer Pte. Ltd. – Enhancing Lives with Safe Innovation. Our commitment is to offer the best and most effective innovative technologies, ensuring a harmless and safe space through natural solutions during the pandemic. Experience improved quality of life with SV Sterilizer’s advanced products for a safer world.

Singapore Red Cross

Singapore Red Cross is an independent humanitarian organisation
dedicated to protecting human life and dignity, relieving human
suffering and responding to emergencies.
To realise the Singapore Red Cross as a leading and distinctive humanitarian organisation that brings people and institutions together in aid of the vulnerable.
Singapore Red Cross is dedicated to relieving human suffering,
protecting human lives and dignity and responding to emergencies.

Photos from the conference

Supporting Organisations