Inspiring OSH Student Award, shortlisted entries announced

29 November 2018

IOSH and APOSHO have been working together to create the Inspiring OSH Student Award, which will showcase and raise the profile of outstanding OSH students. IOSH recognises the need to attract ambitious young people at the beginning of their health and safety careers. To enhance the profession, we need young, talented and ambitious individuals who aspire to develop their skills and progress their careers. This is why IOSH is committed to promoting and celebrating the achievements of young OSH professionals.

The theme of the award ties in with the main APOSHO 33 conference theme, ‘driving OSH excellence through communication and collaboration’. The winning paper will be showcased at the main APOSHO 33 conference, bringing it to the attention of an international audience of academics, OSH professionals, company leaders and policy makers.

The judging criteria was thorough and robust, looking at how each student’s work enhances OSH through effective communication, their creative or innovative approach and how well the work was researched, structured and presented.

The award was open to students in the nineteen countries who are part of the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization, including the UK, USA, Japan and Indonesia. The competition was fierce, with high quality entries from a range of different countries.

We can now announce that the 3 shortlisted entries are:

Mr. Leung Kwok Hung (Philip) for his entry paper ‘A Critical Study on Safe Working at Height Below 2 Meters’ (left)

Rens Duisters for his entry paper ‘Contractor management: Do we communicate about safety with our contractors?’ (center)

Cédric Augé for his entry paper ‘A review and potential improvements for fatigue management for UK rail maintenance and construction ‘safety-critical’ workers in 24/7 rail operations’. (right)







Winner of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be announced at the Future Leaders of OSH event at APOSHO 33 on 04 December 2018.

APOSHO 33 programme launched

25 September 2018

We’re delighted to confirm the conference programme for APOSHO 33 is now available.

A top selection of speakers, parallel sessions, exhibitors and networking opportunities will come together for an inspirational and varied two-day conference. Here are just a few of our key speakers:

  • Dr Constance CHAN, Director of Health, Department of Health, Hong Kong
  • Ir Dr Wai-Kwok LO, Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the Engineering constituency and Chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong
  • Er Siong Hin HO, Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, Ministry of Manpower
  • Dr Olivier LO, Group Medical Director, International SOS Health sustainability

We have 15 technical sessions for you to choose from covering a wide range of topics within the industry, with over 60 speakers across the two days. Dr Vincent HO, IOSH President will Chair the conference.

We will be welcoming health and safety professionals, policy makers and government officials to the Regal Kowloon Hotel, Hong Kong on 04 – 05 December 2018. IOSH and APOSHO members receive a special discounted rate. Additional savings can be made with our early bird rate, available until 12 October.

Download the APOSHO 33 programme

Inspiring OSH Student Award now open

12 July 2018

Alongside the APOSHO 33 conference, IOSH will also be hosting a special student event and presenting the Inspiring OSH Student Award.

IOSH and APOSHO have worked together to create this award which will recognise creative ideas and innovative safety solutions from occupational safety and health (OSH) students. The award is open to OSH students in any of the seventeen countries who are part of the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization, including the UK, USA, Japan, Indonesia and others.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are only just entering the profession to showcase their innovative ideas and receive global recognition for their work. It will also be a chance for students to raise their profile among their future peers. We look forward to welcoming a diverse selection of entries and expect the competition to be fierce.

The student event, Future Leaders of OSH, will bring together university students from across the countries represented in APOSHO for a unique afternoon programme created to support career development and progression and provide excellent networking opportunities. Bookings are now open.

Entries for the Inspiring OSH Student Award are open until 10 September 2018. Find out more details on the dedicated Inspiring OSH Student Award page. You don’t need to be an IOSH or APOSHO member to enter, so if you have students, colleagues or friends who may be interested in entering as well, let them know.

We look forward to receiving your entry. If you have any questions about the award or student event, please contact [email protected].

Welcome from the Organisers

May 2018

It is with great honour and pleasure that I am able to announce formally to you that APOSHO 33 will be hosted in Hong Kong by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation. As IOSH’s President 2018–19, and on behalf of the APOSHO 33 Organising Committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to APOSHO members for allowing us the opportunity to host this prestigious annual event.

To emphasise the importance of working together to strive for a safer and healthier workplace, we have decided that the theme of APOSHO 33 is ‘Driving OSH excellence through communication and collaboration’. Building on the success of the past 32 conferences and combining with the vibrancy of Hong Kong, APOSHO 33 is set to create an excellent and lively platform for sharing knowledge and good practice, and forging connections and collaborations.

I look forward to meeting you at this special event. Welcome to APOSHO 33 and welcome to Hong Kong.

Prof Vincent Ho
IOSH President-Elect
Chairman of APOSHO 33

Welcome from APOSHO

May 2018

On behalf of APOSHO, I am pleased to inform you that APOSHO’s 33rd annual conference (APOSHO 33), organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), will be held from 04 to 05 December 2018 in Hong Kong. Committee meetings and the AGM for APOSHO members will take place on 03 and 06 December respectively.

IOSH, as the Chair of APOSHO 33, has been planning and preparing well in advance. After careful deliberation, IOSH’s team of professionals and experts has agreed the following theme for APOSHO 33:
“Driving OSH excellence through communication and collaboration”

This theme reflects APOSHO’s aim and objective of providing an effective platform for the communication and exchange of OSH experience and information, and to encourage fruitful collaboration and cooperation between our members. We seek to achieve OSH excellence through mutually-beneficial and successful collaboration between OSH organisations, and will harness developments in communication technologies to help us achieve this.

I am convinced that you will find this conference fruitful and rewarding. Please mark your diary for this significant event and make your early bird registrations.

I look forward to receiving and seeing you all at APOSHO 33 in Hong Kong this year.

Chi-Ming Law
Secretary General of APOSHO
Honorary President of Hong Kong Occupational Safety and
Health Association

APOSHO 33: IOSH to host key Asia-Pacific event in December 2018

16 April 2018

In December this year IOSH will host the premier Asia-Pacific OSH event, APOSHO 33. IOSH members are invited to submit and present at this global event. President Elect Vincent Ho tells us more about the conference.

“As IOSH’s President 2018–19, and on behalf of the APOSHO 33 Organising Committee, I am delighted to announce that IOSH is hosting APOSHO 33 in Hong Kong in December this year. APOSHO is the premier safety and health conference in the Asia Pacific region, and this two-day event is always an excellent opportunity to network with peers and to explore new opportunities in the region.

“Building on the success of the past 32 conferences, this year’s theme for APOSHO 33 is ‘Driving OSH excellence through communication and collaboration’, and we would like to invite safety and health professionals across the globe to submit abstracts on any of the five chosen topics around this theme.

“This is a unique opportunity for IOSH members to raise your profile, as the authors of selected papers will have the opportunity to present at APOSHO 33.”

Members can submit their papers here and secure their place at this world-class event here.

We asked Vincent some questions about APOSHO 33 and why people should attend.

What is APOSHO 33 and why is IOSH involved?

The Asia-Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO) is an international body composed of non-profit professional organisations devoted to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. Although full membership is given to non-governmental organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, any occupational safety and health organisations, even in the regions other than Asia-Pacific, can join APOSHO as associate or affiliate members.

The first APOSHO Annual Conference took place in Singapore in August 1985 at the suggestion of the chairperson of the National Safety Council of Australia. It was initially called “the Coordinating Committee of Asia-Pacific National Safety Councils” and was renamed in 1992. Membership includes 40 organisations from 23 different countries or districts, including Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam.

What can we expect at APOSHO 33?

Combining the vibrancy of Hong Kong, APOSHO 33 will provide an excellent and lively platform for both local and overseas professionals to exchange ideas, share experiences on initiatives and to bring about cooperation. You will have the opportunity to catch up with contacts and meet new friends.

What key topics will be covered?

Conference topics include:

  • Communicating the safety message
  • How collaboration can make work safer
  • Incorporating OSH into the sutainability agenda
  • InnovationL new ways of working
  • How communicating wellbeing means healthier work (occupational and mental health)

Why should companies and businesses get involved?

APOSHO 33 will provide an attractive platform for both local and overseas professionals to exchange ideas, share experiences on initiatives and to bring about cooperation. The conference will help you open new doors, establish new networks and renew old acquaintances.

How can companies and individuals get involved?

Companies and individuals are encouraged to submit papers and attend the conference. Companies can become our corporate sponsors or exhibitors.

As a conference sponsor, you will join me and many influential government officials for our delightful and engaging reception. Representatives from renowned organisations and professionals from various industries will also attend. Your sponsorship of APOSHO 33 is invaluable in making the event a success and sends a strong message that your company is a leader in health, safety and quality management services.

Why is Hong Kong such a great place for this event?

Hong Kong is the gateway for IOSH members to establish networks with new contacts in regions nearby – particularly as the local branch has the largest safety membership in the region. Hong Kong is the perfect choice for IOSH to host its principal safety and health conference in the Asia Pacific region.