OSH Trend II

OSH Trend II
Online Webinar on Hazardous Area: Explosion Prevention or Protection?

9am - 11am | Friday, 12 Nov 2021 | Online


Explosions are occurring with increasing frequency and sadly with fatalities.

While many standards exist for equipment and methodologies to mitigate the effects and occurrence of explosions, how do we address and ensure the competency of individuals handling equipment and working in hazardous areas? After all, a competent person in a Hazardous Area will be able to spot and mitigate any potential risks. Are explosions then preventable with education and training?

Competency is defined as "knowledge + experience", so how do we benchmark the knowledge and experience of competent persons in explosion protection. Such standards exist and already enforced in some jurisdictions.

Join the experts in training, inspection and certification in explosion protection to discuss how these standards have affected the approach to Explosion Protection competency in various jurisdictions.

  1. Presentation of topics by training institutes, accredited inspection agencies and certification agencies
  2. Roundtable discussion with a panel of experts
  3. Q&A with an online audience

Topic: Explosion prevention Training in Singapore and Asia, a trainer’s perspective

As a petrochemical hub and global supplier to the Oil and Gas industry, ATTS has trained thousands of individuals under the COMPEX competency certification from all over the world and now with the IECEx COPC scheme. Thomas gives his perspective of the journey Singapore has taken and where we are today in the Singapore, given the idea of the competency levels and suggestions going forward.<


Mr. Thomas Won
Mr. Thomas Won
Executive Director
Assets Training & Technical Services Pte Ltd, Singapore

Mr. Thomas Won is the Executive Director of Assets Training & Technical Services Pte Ltd (ATTS). He is also presently the Director of Megawatts Engineering Services Pte Ltd; an electrical rotating machinery services company. In addition, at the industry levels, Mr Thomas Won is a member of the Singapore IEC Working Group on Equipment use in Explosive Atmospheres. As a director, he plans and oversees the strategies, programmes and activities of the training centre as well as promoting work safety and health competencies. With over 10years of industries experience, he has since built up an extensive public speaking experience, including the recent talk at Institute of Engineer Society and the launching seminars for Singapore, Korea and China covering the important notes of ‘certificate of competency’.

Mr Thomas Won holds a Master Degree in Business, an advanced certificate in Training and assessment (ACTA) and WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE)that is aligned to the skills framework for training and adult education (SFw TAE).

Topic: Explosion prevention competency: Australia – the Gold Standard?


Mr. Jeff Strath
Principal Electrical Engineer/ Hazardous Area & High Voltage Auditor
IECEx Trainer and Assessor
Compliance Training & Engineering, CTE Australia

Jeff Strath is the principal engineer of CTE Australia, located in Queensland. Compliance Training & Engineering (CTE) is a leading provider of integrated Electrical Hazardous Areas, High Voltage & Instrumentation services in PNG and Malaysia. Jess is also the director of an IECEx Recognized Training Provider (RTP) and an IECEx Certified Body, authorized to issue IECEx Certificates of Personnel Competency. He is also a member of the IECEx Working Group 3 and COPC Scheme Marketing Taskforce.

Jeff has many decades of experience in design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and classification of hazardous areas, also in the repair of rotating equipment. He has worked and delivered training in USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Papua New Guinea.

Topic : A Global Perspective of Competency Certification Agency, then and now

The Certification of competent personnel has been going on for over 5 years and the IEC has published standards and modules for personnel working in Hazardous Areas. Kristof brings his experience as global chair of Ex at TUV SUD and updates us on the situation both with globally.


Ing. Kristof De Gersem, MSc.
Ing. Kristof De Gersem, MSc.
Manager, Explosion Protection
TÜV SÜD Greater China

Ing. Kristof De Gersem, MSc. - Based in Shanghai (China), Mr. De Gersem is the Manager of the Explosion Protection department at TÜV SÜD Greater China. China-Ex-pert with 15 years of solid experience in the field of Explosion Protection, such as international product certification for Explosion proof products, Explosion Protection laboratory tests, research and process safety for chemical plants at risks of Explosions. He is a member of IECEx 05 Committee of the IECEx Scheme and Chairman of the TÜV SÜD Global Work Group for Explosion Protection.


Mr. Timothy Toh
Mr. Timothy Toh

Timothy Toh is the former Country Managing Director (Singapore) and GM of APAC (Ex China) for Explosion Protection and Functional Safety at TUV Rheinland (2012-2016).

He started the Explosion Protection and Functional Safety Businesses in Singapore in 2014 and has organized several outreach and educational seminars in Singapore on Explosion Protection, also in conjunction with then-SPRING and the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) regional office in Singapore.

During his tenure, TUV Rheinland was qualified as a Safety Case Consultant and Quantified Risk Assessor (QRA) in Singapore with the Ministry of Manpower.

Timothy has 25 years of APAC experience in industrial businesses and was the centre director at the then-International Enterprise Singapore in Germany. He holds two degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. Timothy is currently Global Director of Global Key Accounts at Materion (NYSE: MTRN)