Mr Chan Yew Kwong Integrating Safety and Health into Design In line with the Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Act and framework, reducing risk at source is one of the components to improving construction safety and health. To address risk at source for a construction project, there is a need to look at who creates the risk and address the issue from there. The risks inherent in the design of a building or structure need to be addressed and means to mitigate the risks identified. In 2008, to assist the stakeholders in the construction industry to address risks at source, the Construction and Landscaping Committee of Workplace Safety & Health Council has developed the Guidelines on Design for Safety in Buildings and Structures. The Guidelines provide the framework and process to address risks at the design and planning stages of a construction project. Design for Safety in Buildings and Structures (or DfS, in short) is about identifying and eliminating occupational safety and health hazards at the design stage or controlling risks, as early as possible, in the planning and design of buildings and structures. DfS does not only address methods to make construction safer but how to make a building/structure safer to build, use, maintain and even for safe demolition. Speaker Biography Yew Kwong is presently the Director of Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Inspectorate in the Ministry of Manpower’s Occupational Safety & Health Division. As Director, he plans and oversees the strategies, programmes and activities of the OSH Inspectorate in the key areas of regulatory enforcement and surveillance, and ensures that the implementation of OSH standards and good practices are effective in the control of workplace hazards and protect the safety and health of the workforce. He has been with the Ministry of Manpower for about 30 years. His 30 years' working experience in workplace safety & health involves inspection & auditing of worksites, shipyards, chemical plants and other factories, investigations into fatal/serious accidents, development of OSH standards, guidance materials, management systems and auditing. He was also involved in the development and conduct of many workplace safety & health (WSH) training courses for supervisors, WSH professionals and managers. He held the position of Director of Industry Capability Building in the WSH Council for about 2 years (Nov 2011 – Oct 2013), during which he was responsible for the national WSH competency framework and capability building efforts in organizations and individuals. Yew Kwong is very involved in the development and promotion of WSH-related Singapore Standards. In 2003 - 2004, he was the Chairman of the Singapore SPRING’s Technical Committee for OSH Management which was responsible for the drafting of the first Singapore Standard SS 506 on OSH management system. He is a member of the Singapore’s Standards Council since 2007 and he currently chairs the Council’s General Engineering & Safety Standard Committee.
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