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APOSHO

APOSHO, the acronym for the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization, is an international body composed of non-profit professional organizations devoted to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. The first Conference and Annual Meeting took place in Singapore in August 1985. The conference and annual meeting is held by turns on a rotating basis by each organizations and will be held in Tokyo in 2021.
Japan will host the conference for the first time in 32 years since it last hosted the conference in 1989.

Objectives of APOSHO

  • To promote and enhance understanding and cooperation in areas related to Occupational Safety and Health awareness and practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • To promote networking and exchange of information on Occupational Safety and Health awareness and practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

Past & Upcoming APOHO Conferences and Annual Meetings

Host Country
38th Thailand (SHAWPAT) (December 2024)
37th Malaysia (MSOSH) (Around August 2023)
36th Australia (NSCA) (November 2022)
35th Japan (JISHA) (October 2021)
(The 35th Conference and Annual Meeting in Malaysia (NIOSH and MOSHPA) [scheduled for August 2020] was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.)
34th China (Guiyang) (COSHA) (September 2019)
33rd Hong Kong SAR, China (December 2018)
32nd Singapore (September 2017) Held in close proximity to the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.
Interim Meeting: Thailand (December 2016) *Interim meetings are held in special circumstances with the agreement of members when there is a gap of at least one year between annual meetings.
31st India (April 2016)
30th Korea (June 2015)
29th Thailand (July 2014)
28th Indonesia (October 2013)
27th Philippines (September 2012)
26th Australia (November 2011)
25th Mauritius (April 2010)
(The 25th Conference and Annual Meeting in the Philippines [scheduled for 2009] was cancelled because the H1N1 influenza pandemic was not contained at that time.)
24th Korea (July 2008) Held in close proximity to the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.
23rd Singapore (November 2007)
22nd Thailand (May 2006)
21st Indonesia (September 2005)
20th China (Beijing) (September 2004)
19th Malaysia (September 2003)
18th Vietnam (October 2002)
17th Taiwan (September 2001)
16th Mauritius (April 2000)
15th Philippines (October 1999)
14th Korea (April 1998)
13th Hong Kong (April 1997)
12th Australia (May 1996)
11th India (November 1995)
10th Malaysia (September 1994)
9th Indonesia (September 1993)
8th China (Xian) (September 1992)
7th China (Beijing) (October 1991)
6th Singapore (December 1990)
5th Japan (September 1989)
4th Japan (September 1988)
3rd Australia (September 1987)
2nd Hong Kong (September 1986)
1st Singapore (September 1985)
5th Conference and Annual Meeting in Japan (Tokyo)
(September 1989)
4th Conference and Annual Meeting in Japan (Tokyo)
(September 1988)

APOSHO Member List & Details of Activities

In principle, APOSHO members are “non-governmental, non-profit and public interest organizations in the Asia-Pacific region engaged in activities primarily related to the promotion and enhancement of occupational safety and health practices”. The Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) is a member of APOSHO.
Governmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific region are classified as Associate Members. Organizations outside of the Asia-Pacific region, both governmental and non-governmental, are Affiliate Members.
There are exceptions to this rule, since some organizations joined before these policies were put into place, and some countries (such as socialist states) do not have non-governmental organizations.

List of APOSHO Members & Details of Activities(May 26, 2021)

Full member

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No. Organization Name (English) Acronym & Link Main Activities
1 Industrial Foundation
for Accident Prevention (IFAP)
IFAP Education and consultations on safety and health
2 National Safety Council
of Australia Foundation (NSCA Foundation)
NSCA Foundation Education on safety and health and provision of information on safety and health
3 China Association
of Work Safety (CAWS)
CAWS Research and studies on safe production, provision of information on safe production, promotion of culture of safety and education/training, consulting services on safe production
4 China Occupational Safety
and Health Association (COSHA)
COSHA Promotion of safety and health, education on safety and health, safety and health qualifications, research on safety and health
5 Sinosteel Wuhan Safety and
Environmental Protection
Research (SEPRI)
SEPRI Research on occupational safety, health and environments
6 Institution of Occupational Safety
and Health, Hong Kong (IOSH-HK)
IOSH-HK Training on safety and health, educational materials on safety and health, research on safety and health
7 Hong Kong Occupational Safety
and Health Council (HKOSHC)
HKOSHC Education on safety and health, consulting services on safety and health, publicity on safety and health, provision of information on safety and health
8 Hong Kong Occupational Safety
and Health Association (HKOSHA)
HKOSHA Support for safety and health professionals, consulting services on safety and health, guidance on safety and health, PR magazine on safety and health
9 Chinese Taipei Industrial Safety
and Health Association (ISHA)
ISHA Education on safety and health, technical services, work environment measurements, publication of educational materials on safety and health, ISO45001 certification
10 National Safety Council of India (NSCI) NSCI Consulting services on safety and health, education on safety and health
11 Institute for Certification
of Competencies on OSH (ICCOSH)
ICCOSH Testing and issuance of certificates on safety and health competency
12 National Safety and Health Council
of Indonesia (NSHCI)
NSHCI (DK3N) Education on safety and health, raising awareness on safety and health
13 Japan Industrial Safety
and Health Association (JISHA)
JISHA Education on safety and health, provision of safety and health technology, provision of information on safety and health, raising awareness on safety and health, work environment measurements
14 Korea Occupational Safety
& Health Agency (KOSHA)
KOSHA Industry-specific accident prevention plans, safety inspections, machine safety certifications, OHSAS18000 certification, raising awareness on safety, surveys and research
15 Korea Industrial Safety Association
(KISA)
KISA Education on safety and health, provision of safety and health technology, safety and health assessments, safety inspections, technical guidance on preventing construction accidents
16 Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety
& Health (MSOSH)
MSOSH Education on safety and health, provision of information on safety and health, safety and health awards
17 National Institute of Occupational Safety
& Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH Surveys and research on safety and health, provision of information on safety and health
18 Malaysian Occupational Safety and
Health Practitioners Association (MOSHPA)
MOSHPA Support for safety and health professionals, provision of information on safety and health, raising awareness on safety and health
19 Institution of Occupational Safety and
Health Management (IOSHM)
IOSHM Promotion of occupational safety and health, education on safety and health, development of safety and health networks
20 Pakistan Safety Council(PSC) PSC Education on safety and health, guidance on improving safety and health
21 Association of Safety Practitioners
of the Philippines, Inc. (ASPPI)
ASPPI Support and certification for safety and health professionals, raising awareness on safety and health
22 Workplace Advocates on Safety
in the Philippines, Inc. (WASPI)
WASPI Safety and health conferences, safety and health awards
23 Safety Organisation
of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI)
SOPI Prevention of occupational accidents, insurance for occupational accidents, education on safety and health
24 National Safety Council
of Singapore (NSCS)
NSCS Education on safety and health, sales of safety and health supplies
25 Singapore Institution
of Safety Officers (SISO)
SISO Support for safety and health professionals, education on safety and health
26 Workplace Safety and Health Association,
Sri Lanka (WSHA)
WSHA Formulation of standards and certifications for safety and health professionals
27 The Safety and Health
at Work Promotion Association (SHAWPAT)
SHAWPAT Education on safety and health, work environment measurements, sales of safety and health supplies, raising awareness on safety and health
28 Vietnam Occupational Safety
and Health Association (VOSHA)
VOSHA Development of safety and health networks, education on safety and health
29 Viet Nam National Institute
of Occupational Safety and Health (VNNIOSH)
VNNIOSH Surveys and research on safety and health, education on safety and health, work environment measurements

Associate member

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No. Organization Name (English) Acronym & Link Main Activities
1 Authority for Building Control
and Construction Industry (ABCI)
ABCI Authority for Building Control and Construction, Brunei Ministry of Development (public authority), construction safety administration
2 Labour Affairs Bureau (LAB) LAB Macau Labour Affairs Bureau (public authority), occupational safety and health administration

Affiliate member

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No. Organization Name (English) Acronym & Link Main Activities
1 Germany Social Accident Insurance
(DGUV)
DGUV Education on safety and health, insurance for occupational accidents, medical care for occupational accidents, studies and research on safety and health
2 Society for Occupational Safety &
Health and Work Environment (Indonesia)
SOSHWE Work environment measurements
3 Institute of Safety Health and
Environment Management (ISHEM)
ISHEM Safety, health and environmental management
4 The Institution of Occupational Safety
& Health (IOSH)
IOSH Support for safety and health professionals, education on safety and health
5 National Safety Council of America
(NSC)
NSC Education on safety and health, publication of magazine on safety and health
6 Board of Certified Safety Professionals
(BCSP)
BCSP Support and certification for safety and health professionals, education on safety and health
7 World Safety Organization
(WSO)
WSO Support and certification for safety and health professionals
8 The American Society of Safety Professionals
(ASSP) (Former ASSE)
ASSP Support for safety and health professionals, education on safety and health

APOSHO Honorary Members(24 members, as of November 27, 2019)

Individuals who have made significant contributions to APOSHO over many years can be selected as Honorary Members.
* Figures in parentheses indicate the host city and year of the APOSHO meeting where the Honorary Member was recognized for his or her contributions.

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Mr. C Russell Leith (Beijing 1991)
Mr. Law Chi-Ming (Kuala Lumpur 1994)
Mr. Ian Chisholm (Kuala Lumpur 1994)
Mr. David Palandari (Melbourne 1996)
Mr. Wing-Hou Wong (Melbourne 1996)
Mr. Steven Yip Yuk Lun (Hong Kong 1997)
Mr. M Marbun (Seoul 1998)
Mr. Jim Whiting (Manila 1999)MD Risk @ Workplaces Pty Ltd
Mr. Masayuki Nomiyama (Manila 1999) Vice-President, Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF)
Mr. Tong Lan-Shui (Maritius 2000) c/o The Chinese Taipei Industrial Safety and Health Association
Ir. Haji Ahmad Nordeen Dato’ Salleh (MRU 2000)
Prof. Cheng Ying Xue (Hanoi 2002) c/o Chinese Society for Science & Technology of Labour Protection
Mrs. Leonare Townsend (Hanoi 2002)
Mr. Hwa-Kyum Kim (Hanoi 2002) President, Industrial Safety Management Association
Mr. Jalaludin Yusoff (Hanoi 2002)
Mr. Koichi Igarashi (Beijing 2004) Ken-tsu Enginnering Co., Advisor
Mr. Xiang Yan Sun (Beijing 2004) China Occupational Safety & Health Association
Prof. Nguyen An Luong (Perth 2011) President of VOSHA, Vietnam
Prof. Shuh-Woei Yu (Cebu 2012) Chinese Taipei Industrial Safety and Health Association (ISHA)
Dr. Hyuck-Myun Kwon (Seoul 2015) Research Professor, Yonsei University
Mr. Ameerali Abdeali (Singapore 2017) President of National Safety Council of Singapore (NSCS)
Mr. V.B Sant (Hong Kong 2018) Chairman, Industrial Fire and Safety Committee, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Department of Atomic Energy Government of India
Dr. Chaiyuth Chavalitnitikul PhD (Guiyang 2019) The Safety & Health at Work Promotion Association (SHAWPAT)
Mr Lee Lam Thye (Guiyang 2019)

APOSHO Secretariat & Committees

The operation of APOSHO is overseen by the Chairperson, Secretary General and Secretariat. The Chairperson is elected by consensus from Full or Associate Members from the representative of the organization that will host the next Annual General Meeting, with the term of office one year, in principle. The Secretary General is elected from among individuals affiliated with a member organization and has a term of office that lasts, in principle, for two years, and that may be extended. The Secretariat is rotated among the organizations to which the Chairperson belongs. APOSHO does not collect dues for the management of the association, nor are there special funds. The operating expenses of the Secretariat are covered by the member organization to which the Chairperson belongs, and participation fees for meetings and other events are the responsibility of attending organizations. There are two standing committees: a Membership Committee, which deliberates the qualifications of member organizations, and a Technical Committee, which has an objective to promote and exchange technical information related to safety and health. Other committees include the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Committee, Management Development Committee, and Education & Training Committee.

Key Activities

As with the committee activities mentioned above, APOSHO’s main activities include the organization of the association’s annual conference by Full Members on a rotating basis, as well as research presentations on occupational safety and health issues in various countries and regions held over a period of about two days that are open to the public.
Please check out the following information on APOSHO members and activities, as well as past conferences.