IES Webinar

Design for Safety

2pm – 5pm GMT +8 (Singapore) | Friday, 12 Nov 2021 | Online


2:00pm Explosion Protection Technology – Active or Passive Protection: Which approach is better?
Mr Felipe Ong
Head, (Asia Pacific) Industrial Dust Explosion Protection / Custom Engineered Solution Division, BS&B Safety Systems Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
3:00pm Understanding WSH (DFS) Regulations & Actual implementation issues
Mr Lim Cheong
Senior Principal Specialist, Inspectorate Specialist Group of the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate, Ministry of Manpower, MOM
3:30pm Design for Safety (DFS) – Beyond Construction
Mr Chan Yew Kwong
Senior Consultant, WSH Council Singapore
4:00pm Construction Safety – An Eternal War
IR Dr Richard Pang
FHKIE, RPE (Civil, Geotechnical, Structural)
4:30pm Q & A on theme of Design for Safety
Mr Jason Oh (Moderator)
Dip. Civil Engg, B. Eng (Hons)(Civil), MSc (SHET), FIES, DFS Professional, Appointed Person (AP)
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Speaker: Ir Dr Richard Pang

Ir Dr Richard Pang

Ir Dr Richard Pang is a Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), and is a registered professional engineer in the Civil, Geotechnical and Structural Disciplines.

Richard has a broad range of experience, which includes design and construction of major civil works, geotechnical control of slopes, excavations and tunnel works, setting of standards, management of ground investigation, laboratories, fill resources and quarries, regulatory control of explosives, development of concrete technology and underground space, and management of construction safety, contract advisory, IT and land survey services.

Richard was the Director - Industry Development, Construction Industry Council (CIC) in Hong Kong. He led the development and implementation of some core initiatives, including industrialisation, digitalisation and embracing innovations and novel construction technologies in the construction industry.

Prior to serving the industry in the CIC, Richard was the Assistant Director (Technical) and Deputy Head (Mainland) of the Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department of the HKSAR Government.

Topic: Construction Safety - An Eternal War!

Many countries face the same issues in protecting lives in the execution of construction projects.

In this talk, the speaker will first present the trend of construction accidents in Hong Kong and the concerns on a recent proposal to increase regulatory fines on contractors.

The outcome of a recent study on safety roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, the challenges in the preparation work to formulate a framework on CDM/DfS, as well as the work of the Construction Industry Council to promote and facilitate implementation of measures to improve site safety will be presented (e.g. Life First, safety training courses and sample specifications).

The upcoming trend of increasing adoption of modular integrated construction (MiC) and modular integrated mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MiMEP) works in building projects, which can reduce site safety risks, will also be briefly mentioned.

Speaker: Mr Lim Cheong

Mr Lim Cheong

Mr. Lim Cheong is the Senior Principal Specialist, Inspectorate Specialist Group of the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate, Ministry of Manpower, MOM. He has managed a wide range of technical, regulatory and systematic issues related to construction industry, as well as worked with companies to manage their Design-for-Safety implementation. Mr. Lim has collaborated with multiple agencies to improve their WHS and contractor management. He was a member of the inter-agency: Design-for-Safety workgroups in 2014 and is in the inter-agency "Building Innovation Panel" Working Committee since 2014. Mr. Lim is appointed as a Dy. Chair of Technical Committees on Personal Safety and Health and was the convenor/ members of several workgroups under the purview of Quality and Safety Standards committee, Enterprises Singapore and received the Quality & Standard Commendation Award in 2021. He is the Singapore Accreditation Council's Assessor-CT17, Technical Expert.

Topic: Understanding WSH (DfS) Regulations & Actual implementation issues

The Workplace Safety and Health (Design-for-Safety) Regulations was enacted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in 2015 and enforced from 2016. The Regulations hold developers, designers and other stakeholders to task for risks created by design. The presentation will cover current gaps in the industry in implementing DFS, including what constitutes a design risk and how this may apply in construction accidents. Case studies of actual DFS enforcement will be discussed and evaluated under the requirements of the DFS Regulations.

Objective of this session:
  • Raise developers and designers’ understanding of what is required under the DFS Regulations
  • Learn how implementing DFS could have prevented accidents and saved lives
  • Share benefits of DFS in improving the work processes and productivity
  • Understand how MOM’s enforcement officers enforce DFS and what they look out for

Speaker: Mr Chan Yew Kwong

Mr Chan Yew Kwong

Yew Kwong is the Senior Consultant in the Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC), Singapore since Jul 2019. He retired from the Ministry of Manpower’s Occupational Safety & Health Division (OSHD) in April 2019, after having served in the Ministry for about 35 years in various management roles.

One of the key management roles was the Director of OSH Inspectorate and Deputy Commissioner for WSH where he oversaw the development and execution of enforcement strategies and programmes for regulatory compliance and surveillance across all industries, and the effective implementation of OSH standards at the workplaces.

Yew Kwong is also very involved in the development and promotion of WSH-related Singapore Standards in Singapore. He was a Member of the Singapore Standards Council (SSC) for 6 years, from Apr 2011 to Mar 2017. He was the Chairman of the SSC’s General Engineering and Safety Standards Committee from 1 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2017. He is currently the Advisor to the SSC’s Quality & Safety Standard Committee (Apr 2017 – 31 Jul 2023). He was a Member of the Ministry of Defence’s 2nd External Review Panel on SAF Safety (Jul 2017 to Dec 2020) and currently serving on the Maritime Port Authority’s National Maritime Safety at Sea Council (1 Jun 2015 - 31 May 2024).

Topic: Design for Safety (DFS) – Beyond Construction

Reducing risk at source is key to improving construction safety and health. In July 2015, the Ministry of Manpower gazetted the WSH (Design for Safety) Regulations to require developers and designers address design risks at the design and planning phase of a construction project. Design for Safety (DFS) addresses the risks inherent in the design of a building/structure and identify the means to mitigate them prior to construction, occupation, maintenance and even demolition.

DFS provides a vital framework for saving lives and preventing work-related injuries and illness and should be applied beyond construction into other industries. DFS can encompass the efforts to anticipate and design out hazards to workers in facilities, work methods and operations, equipment and machinery, products, new technologies, and the organization of work.

DFS can be a holistic approach to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the inclusion of prevention considerations in all designs that impact workers. This short presentation will share on what and how DFS can be applied beyond construction industry.

Speaker: Mr Felipe Ong

Mr Felipe Ong

Felipe Ong has over 30 years of industrial working experiences. He is very well trained in the Field of Industrial Dust Explosion Protection Technologies throughout his last 18 years of service with BS&B Safety Systems. His experience covers a wide variety of industry segments including Food & Beverage, Electronics, Sugar, Specialty Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Grains, Automotive, Woods Products, Pulp & Paper, Petrol Chemical, Automotive, Aerospace, Oil & Gas & Power Generation Industries.

He is also an active member of Singapore Loss Prevention Society as well as IchemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK) & INDEX (Intercontinental Association of Experts for Industrial Explosion Protection) provides technical talks on Explosion Protection to the members & public. Felipe Ong is also a qualified Trainer of Institute of Medicines (IOM) Singapore.

Topic: Explosion Protection Technology – Active or Passive Protection: Which approach is better?

When combustible dust is suspended in air and under right conditions, it can become explosive. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) identified at least 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980s and 2005 resulting in 119 Fatalities, over 700 seriously injured! Between 2008 and 2012, another 50 combustible dust incidents were recorded which led to another 29 fatalities, 161 injured!

In August 2014, a massive metal dust explosion took place at a car rim factory in Kunshan, China, unfortunately took away 75 workers precious life on the spot and injuring more than 200 workers!

Recently, in February 2021 a big fire broke out at an industrial unit in Tuas, causing 3 deaths from injury and 5 people in critical conditions. Ministry of Manpower's investigations found that the explosion was caused by combustible dust (Fine powdered potatoes starch) in a confined environment!

There are many explosion protection technologies out there available to protect process equipment against Dust explosion Risk which can be classified as Active or Passive, this talk provides more in-depth study on both options helping you to understand which approach is better!

Speaker: Mr Jason Oh

Mr Jason Oh

Jason has more than 25 years of Project Engineering Design, Construction and Management experience. He started from ground as Project Engineer, Safety Officer/ Manager, WSH Auditor, Civil & Structural Engineer, Contractor Project manager/ Director, Developer Project Manager and Design for Safety (DfS) Professional. The projects ranged from infra-structures, heavy industry, chemical warehouse, clean room environment and equipment, process plant, school, hotel, resort, private and public residential housing projects.

Council member of The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) (2011-2015) (2021-); Founding member of IOSH (Singapore Branch) (2011); Past Chairman for the Health & Safety Engineering Technical Committee, IES (2011 to 2015). Assessing Committee member for IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards (2017-2021), Jason has attended and passed the Project Safety & Health Coordinator (i.e., Design for Safety) Train-The-Trainer course in August 2009. 5 days Appointed Person (AP) Training courses (2013). He is a registered DFS Professional Trainer with IES and ACES.

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering Institution in Singapore and is often called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.

Through close collaboration with the local universities, polytechnics and industry players, IES and its Academy organise courses, seminars and talks for engineers to advance the continuous development of engineers.

The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. IES also represents Singapore in the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill and fellowship among all engineers in the region and internationally.

IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006 to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

To raise the technical competency of engineers, IES has launched the Chartered Engineer (CEng) Programme in 2013. It also organises the annual National Engineers Day and the biennial World Engineers Summit.

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