Main Program, Wednesday


Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 5 November

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome Address​

Speaker: Ir. Mohtar bin Musri, Director General, Department of Occupational Safety & Health, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Opening Session Keynote

Sustainable Business Results through Health & Safety

Sazali Hamzah, President/CEO, PETRONAS Chemical Group (PCG), Kuala Lampur, Malaysia 

PETRONAS is a fully integrated energy company with a leading portfolio and wide network of operations around the world. With the growing demand for energy and competitive energy market, contribution to the wellbeing of people and the nation is crucial to our business sustainability. To us, sustainability is about having a reliable Asset, optimum Production & Cost and capable Technical workforce without compromising HSE performance.

Health and safety is an integral part of Operational Excellence, and lies in the heart of every part of our business, from making key business decisions down to performing day-to-day tasks in operating plants. 

Among the key drivers for PETRONAS to strengthen our focus on HSE are: 

Lessons learnt from major incidents and HSE performance. We identified common issues and early warning signs from our internal HSE performance, benchmarked against the industry and developed purposeful programs.

Increasing demand to protect People, Environment, Asset & Reputation everywhere we operate.  For example, the European Union REACH Regulations 2007, the United Nation GHS and Minamata Convention 2013 on Mercury, are among the key global requirements on chemicals. In addition, various countries including Malaysia has also strengthened its legal framework on HSE. We ensure our readiness to comply with the statutory requirements.

Increasing public awareness and social media influence. With the rapid growth of social media that influence public awareness and perception of industrial risk, business transparency is important and a different communication approach has to be adopted
With the above in mind, commitment to HSE is undoubtedly our license to operate. Across the organizations, the key thrusts to manage HSE risks and ensuring safe and reliable operations are having effective HSE systems/ standards, robust risk management programs, competent and capable workforce and strong HSE culture. This presentation will further discuss the above programs implemented in PETRONAS, covering the aspect of process safety, operational safety, industrial hygiene and environment.​


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Morning Networking, Expo & Poster Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session #1, Technical Track A

Building a Strong Agricultural OHS Program – Pesticide Assessment & Control

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Occupational Health Hazard of Rice Cultivation among Paddy Farmers
​Potential occupational health hazards faced by paddy farmers throughout the rice cultivation process will be discussed.  Chemical hazards of the current rice farming situation in Malaysia will be highlighted especially in using organophosphate.  The dermal-pesticide contamination among paddy farmers will be discussed by considering the relevant studies conducted in Malaysia.  Studies have shown health effects related to organophosphate use during the rice farming including: neurobehavioral impairment, cholinesterase depression and genotoxicity.  Findings on the factors that influence the genotoxicity aspects of pesticide exposure among the farmers will be presented. 

Professor Dr. Zailina Hashim,
University Putra Malaysia,
Serdang, Malaysia

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Health Surveillance for Pesticide Exposed Workers
Health surveillance of pesticide exposed workers involves monitoring of exposures to pesticides and of adverse health outcomes that arise from exposures to pesticides in the workplace. Health surveillance is carried out both by government agencies as well by employers. The objectives of conducting health surveillance include determining: the magnitude (morbidity and mortality) of pesticide related illness/injury; groups at risk for pesticide-related illness/injury; clusters/outbreaks of pesticide-related illness/injury and high-risk pesticide active ingredients and products. Information obtained from health surveillance is used by regulatory agencies to promulgate regulations, make policies and enhance enforcement and educational activities to prevent and control pesticide related illness/injury. Employers and health care professionals caring for workers use information obtained to evaluate effectiveness of the safety and health programs in their workplaces. 
A health surveillance program for workers exposed to pesticide needs to clearly state: what is to be reported e.g. acute and chronic illness and injury; who must report e.g. employers, health care providers, laboratories; where to report to e.g. to government agencies (federal, state, district level) or to which department in the organisation and when to report e.g. immediately, within 24hours or 1 week. While health surveillance programs may already be in place in developed countries this is not so in the developing countries where safety and health of workers is not given a high priority. 
In Malaysia the registration of pesticides come under the Pesticides Act 1974 and the safety and health of workers exposed to pesticides is regulated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (OSHA 1994). Exposures to pesticides in Malaysian workplaces are regulated under the OSH (Use and Standards of Exposure to Chemicals Hazards to Health) (USECHH) Regulations 2000 and notification of pesticide related illness/injury/poisoning is regulated under the OSH(Notification of Accident, Dangerous Occurrence, Occupational Poisoning and Occupational Disease) (NADOPOD) Regulations 2004. This presentation will highlight issues related to problems in implementation of health surveillance programs on pesticide exposed workers in developing countries. 

Professor Dr. K.G. Rampal,
Professor of Community Medicine, Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, Selangor, Malaysia

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Reducing Pesticide Exposures in Manufacturing and Applications

Excel Crop Care Ltd. has over 30 years of experience in indigenously manufacturing pesticides. Knowing potential health risk associated with pesticides and as an integral part of the company’s vision, Excel Crop Care Ltd. has been implementing exposure control measures as early as the 1970s when Excel Crop Care Ltd. started manufacturing pesticides.  Realizing that Excel Crop Care Ltd.’s responsibility does not end after manufacturing, it has been educating pesticides distributors and applicators on potential health risk and means to control pesticide exposures. Pesticide specific medical surveillance (blood Cholinesterase level) has been conducted from the day pesticides manufacturing started at Excel Crop Care, Ltd. 

Excel Crop Care Ltd. has been rapidly moving into research and manufacturing of bio-pesticides, which does not pose health risk, with an objective of reducing or eliminating potential health risk from pesticides. The presentation will focus on Excel Crop Care Ltd. efforts in reducing the health risk among the pesticides manufacturing and application population.

Dipesh Shroff,
Managing Director, Excel Crop Care, Ltd.,
Mumbai, India


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session #1, Management Track B

Influencing Management, “Selling IH” and the Language of Business

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Gaining Management Support to Establish and Develop an IH Program
This talk focuses on how occupational health professionals can best prepare for, and present to executive management both the compliance case, as well as the business case for establishing a modern and cost effective industrial hygiene program. Information presented will be useful for occupational health professionals working in developing and emerging markets as well as in established industrial hygiene programs.

Hamid Arabzadeh,
Principal, HRA Environmental Consultants, Inc.,
Irvine, CA, USA

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Managing Industrial Hygiene (IH) Programs & Capability Development in PETRONAS ​
Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the science of chronic risk management where the health effect can only be seen or confirmed after years of exposure. Though IH is interfacing with other discipline such as Safety and Environment, the profession is almost invisible particularly in small companies. “Safety” is always the main priority in the eyes of the management, especially when it comes to reducing workplace accidents; unlike “Health”, we are struggling to have the same impact on the number of people suffering diseases such as cancer or hearing loss which have been caused by hazards in the workplace.

The Industrial hygienist plays important role to protect the health of the employee that requires control or improvement to the workplace situation. Industrial Hygienist needs to convince the management on the importance in managing health risk at work. Chronic nature of occupational illness such as hearing loss, work related-musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) and chemical poisoning;  non traditional and emerging issues such as stress and nanotechnology are among the key issues and challenges in implementing IH programs. With good IH programs that include Health Risk Assessment (HRA), we can influence the management that the above health risks can be eliminated or, at the very least, brought under control. In PETRONAS, HRA program is the starting point for Health Risk Management which able to identify hazards that are common in the workplace, putting control measures include the suitability with the process, operation and machineries, cost and time and provides a basis to conduct specific health hazard studies.

Though Industrial hygiene is not yet universally recognized as a profession, in many countries, framework legislation is emerging that will lead to its establishment. For Malaysia, Industrial Hygiene is mostly regulatory driven for hazards such as noise and chemicals where the availability & capability of IH is key in meeting the legal requirements. 

The current global capability for IH is concentrated in developed countries where growth is required in developing countries. Identify capable people for managing IH is important for PETRONAS. In meeting the needs, IH capability programs established in building IH skills and capability to deliver effective IH program management across the group.

This presentation will provide the journey and challenges in managing IH program and establishing IH profession as one of the technical career ladder in PETRONAS.

Azizin Zainudin​,
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
An Overview of Environmental, Health and Safety in the Semiconductor Assembly and Test Industry​
This presentation will provide a broad overview of the issues, concerns and controls that are characteristic of a Semiconductor facility. We will also explore future direction, challenges and opportunities in a rapidly evolving climate.

Senior Principal Engineer, First Solar
Kulim, Malaysia

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & CIH Prep Discussion Table

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

General Session #2

Using an AIHA Value Strategy Business Case to Support EHS

Elyce Biddle, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Organizations continually face increased global competition, rapidly changing technology, and decreased access to scarce resources.  Under these conditions, EHS efforts to insure a safe and healthful work environment must compete with other organizational needs.  Without compelling information about the value of EHS efforts to the organization, management may view these programs and activities as a lower priority than projects that have established a clearer connection to their bottom line.  The challenge for occupational health and safety professionals is to describe the value of EHS efforts in terms that are understood and accepted within the business community.  The AIHA Value Strategy is a dynamic framework that assists EHS professionals in deriving the Business Case to address this challenge.

This session will present the “who, when, why, and how” to develop a Business Case.  It will highlight the categories of benefits associated with the EHS interventions or activities, including the impacts to worker health and safety, impacts to occupational health and safety risk management programs, and impacts to the business process, such as productivity, output and speed to market in their everyday workload.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Networking, Expo, and Poster Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session #2, Technical Track A

Ergonomics Solutions in the Workplace

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Medical and Operations Management of Work Related Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

The medical and operational management of work related musculoskeletal     disorders is a complex process starting with the reporting of an incident and ending with a workplace intervention to prevent or mitigate future incidents.  The reporting starts with a formal symptoms questionnaire which is evaluated,   diagnosed and interpreted by a medical practitioner using well established formal assessment processes.  Particular attention is paid to severity and medical history. This is followed by treatment and follow-up until the employee returns to work. The report also stimulates a team based workplace investigation to identify the opportunities for engineering or administrative intervention, such as workplace or tool design, restricted work assignment or job rotation.  A detailed account of these processes and forms that were introduced in a major manufacturing company will be provided.  These materials can serve as a basis for the development of similar training and operational programs in large or small organizations.

Professor Brian Peacock,
National University of Singapore,

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Role of Human Factors & Ergonomics in Oil and Gas Projects
In simple terms, Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) is all those things that enhance or improve human performance in the workplace. The major oil and gas companies recognized and in certain instances have implemented human factors engineering/ergonomics as an important contributor to improving quality, safety and fitness for purpose of equipment and facilities used in manufacturing. 
Human factors/ergonomics apply scientific knowledge and principles as well as lessons learned from previous incidents and operational experience to optimize human well-being, overall system performance, and reliability.
This presentation will aim to provide insight into how human factors/ergonomics can be implemented into oil and gas projects through addressing three elements for controlling HFE-related risk:
1) Compliance with relevant technical  specifications,
2) HFE specific design analysis and design validation,
3) Organisation and competence to deliver appropriate stands of HFE qualitycontrol.

Charles van Schalkwyk,
Operations Director, SEA + ANZ/Human Factors Specialist, Environmental Resources Management (M) Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session #2, Management Track B

Strengthening the IH Network in Asia – OHS Challenges and Successes

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
The ASIAN Network of IH
Recently, the need for industrial hygiene services and expertise in many Asian countries, especially in the south east region, has sharply increased. At the same time, many Asian countries suffer from a weak infra-structure in industrial hygiene. Limited resources, especially in manpower, are the fundamental reason for the development of the Asian Network of Occupational Hygiene. As transportation and communication technology develops, this kind of network does not need to be limited to a certain region such as South East Asia or the Asian region. The International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) can also play a role to support developing countries in building their industrial hygiene infrastructure. 

The Asian Network of Occupational Hygiene (ANOH) was recently organized. Six key questions (who, what, why, where, when, and how) will be briefly introduced to explain why the ANOH was established. The presentation will basically focus on ‘why’ as it will explain the fundamental rationale and future direction of ANOH. 

Another fundamental question will be considered: ‘Is Asian IH different from Western IH?’  The three possible answers - yes, no, and maybe - will be reviewed and discussed in this presentation and particularly as it relates to the newly formed ANOH.


Professor Doo Yong Park, DrPh, CIH,
Hansung University,
Seoul, S. Korea

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Developing Sustainable IH Programs at Multinational Manufacturing Facilities
India is the second largest country in the world where workers are employed in the manufacturing sector. Local regulations do not have robust industrial hygiene requirements for industry to follow and it is up to the employer to develop, implement, and maintain industrial hygiene programs. Core IH programs will be described such as chemical exposure assessment, noise control and hearing     conservation, ventilation management, hazard communication, personal protective equipment and respirator program management. These programs help to develop a better workplace with reduced occupational hazards by prioritizing risk and providing technical justification to fund industrial hygiene infrastructure such as: noise control and ventilation system improvements, substitution of hazardous chemicals with less hazardous chemicals and reduced personal exposure to workplace chemicals.

Shrenik Rampura, CIH, CSP,
Head-Environment, Health & Safety,
Kohler India Corporation, Gujarat, India

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Industrial Hygiene Challenges & Practice in China
Industrial hygiene has been quickly developing in China in the past 15 years. Protecting worker health has been considered a critical element of sustainable development and social responsibility by the government, institutions and industries. As the IH/OH regulatory system quickly develops and issues in the regulations surface, companies face challenges in fully complying with regulations and managing occupational health risks. There is great need for serious IH practice and qualified industrial hygienists in China. These challenges and others will be presented and discussed.

William Zhu​,
Senior Industrial Hygiene Consultant,
Golder Associates, Shanghai, China

4:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Welcome Reception