Workplace Safety and Health Council to get new chairman from April

Mr Heng Chiang Gnee (left) will be taking over from Mr Lee Tzu Yang as chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.
Mr Heng Chiang Gnee (left) will be taking over from Mr Lee Tzu Yang as chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.PHOTOS: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL

SINGAPORE - Mr Heng Chiang Gnee will take over as chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council from April 1.

Mr Heng, 60, who is currently deputy chairman of the council, will replace Mr Lee Tzu Yang, 61, who has served as chairman since the council was formed in April 2008.

In a media release issued on Wednesday (March 16), the council described outgoing chairman Mr Lee as instrumental in raising workplace safety and health standards.

Under his leadership, the council launched programmes such as bizSafe - a five-step programme that assists companies to improve safety and health standards at the workplace - and CultureSafe, which helps organisations draw up roadmaps to improve safety.

Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say said Mr Lee was instrumental in laying a solid foundation to strengthen industry ownership of safety and health in workplaces.

He added that he is confident incoming chairman, Mr Heng, will bring Singapore's workplace safety and health performance to greater heights.

The council also announced on Wednesday that Ms Kala Anandarajah, chairman of the council's Engagement and Outreach Committee, will assume the additional role of deputy chairman of the council from next month.

It added that Mr Khoo Chin Hean, chairman of the council's Institute Governing Board, and Mr Vivek Kamra, chairman of the council's Metalworking and Manufacturing Committee, have stepped down in June and July last year. Construction and Landscape Committee chairman Jackson Yap will step down next month.

The council will also be welcoming two new council members. One of them is Mr Khoo Teng Chye, who is chairman of the Institute Governing Board and executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities.

The other new member is Mr Yam Ah Mee, managing director of Sembcorp Design and Construction. Mr Yam will take on the role of chairman of the Construction and Landscape Committee.