Malaysia to host 35th occupational safety, health conference in Asia Pacific

Malaysia will be hosting the 35th Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organisation (APOSHO) conference and annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 2020.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said APOSHO 35 will be significant to Malaysia as it will unveil its new target for occupational and safety (OSH) indicators.

“APOSHO 35 will bring a lot of benefits to Malaysia as it could attract OSH experts and organisations from all over the world to share their expertise and experience in relevant fields,” said Lee after the APOSHO 32 AGM at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.

He said the OSH Master Plan 2016-2020 aims to reduce the industrial fatality rate to 4.36 per 100,000 workers and industrial accidents to 2.53 per 1,000 workers by 2020.

“We are also keen to promote the ‘Vision Zero’ campaign in the region, which has already been implemented in several developed countries.

“Vision Zero is not about focusing on a zero-accident target, but adopting a mindset that all workplace injuries and health issues are preventable,” he said.

Lee also said Malaysia will focus on tackling mental health issues, which are a perennial problem for developed nations.

Malaysia's proposal to host the important OSH event in the region was fully supported by APOSHO members during its 32nd AGM.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem is expected to present the proposal to the Cabinet.

Lee said NIOSH will organise APOSHO 35 in collaboration with the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) and Malaysia Occupational Safety and Health Practitioners' Association (MOSHPA).

MSOSH has hosted the APOSHO 10 in 1994 and APOSHO 19 in 2003 in a smaller scale.

“NIOSH has held the discussion with both MSOSH and MOSHPA on the sidelines of APOSHO 32 and they have agreed to make the international event the most successful ever.

“We are happy that our offer to host APOSHO 35 is well received by all members due to our excellent ties with them and the success of the same events held in Malaysia before,” Lee said.

APOSHO is an international body comprising non-profit professional organisations devoted to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.

Currently, it has 27 full members, two associate members, eight affiliate members and 20 honorary members from a total of 19 countries or districts.

The three-day APOSHO 32, which ends today, was opened by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower Minister of State Sam Tan.

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