Distinguished Service Award for Singapore OSH pioneer

Pictured: Er Ho (left) receiving the award from Professor Vincent Ho (right) at the Safety Connect conference in Melbourne 

Er Ho Siong Hin, Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore (2005–2019) and IOSH Honorary Vice-President, has been recognised with a President’s Distinguished Service Award from IOSH for his influential and tireless work promoting workplace safety and health in Singapore.

The Award was presented to him this week at the Safety Connect conference in Melbourne (28-29 August) by IOSH President Professor Vincent Ho.

The President’s Distinguished Service Award is presented to outstanding individuals who showcase pioneering work within the occupational safety and health sector and demonstrates their commitment and dedication to advancing the profession. 

Er Ho has led the development of workplace safety in Singapore as part of the Ministry of Manpower. As well as serving as Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, he held a concurrent position as the Divisional Director of the Ministry of Manpower’s Occupational Safety and Health Division and was instrumental in the formation of the industry-led Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, on which he serves as a member.

He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and started his career in Ministry of Manpower’s Factory Inspectorate in 1982, holding various roles within the organisation, including Deputy Director of Construction, Shipyards and Engineering, Director of Corporate Planning and Divisional Director for Foreign Manpower Management Division.

Er Ho was appointed in 2005 to lead OSH reform in Singapore, arising from a ministerial study trip to Europe to learn OSH best practices. He played a key role in translating the findings of the study mission to a new OSH framework announced in Parliament in March 2005. The key changes included a push for greater ownership by industry for OSH outcomes and the introduction of risk management.

Er Ho has now taken up a post with in Ministry of Manpower to promote safety regionally and globally and establish an academy within the organisation to enhance and educate the safety community

Darren Brunton, Chair of IOSH’s Singapore Branch, said: “Our Branch has been honoured to be able to nominate Er Ho for this award. He has supported our events, and activities greatly over the nine years of our Branch’s existence. Er Ho demonstrates exemplary ethos as a leader in our profession and this award is well deserved.”

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