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405 Havelock Road

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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Singapore (HFESS) 2019 Symposium

It is our annual HFESS symposium once again. This year's topic will focus on safety , where we invite experts to share on their views on workplace safety and approaches to improve safety.

Come join us in this one-day event, and enjoy following perks!

  • Free 2020 membership worth up to S$100.
  • Free buffet lunch worth S$78++
  • SDU points for WSHO officers (to be confirmed)

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Early bird

  • $180 for 2019 members

  • $220 for non-members

*Early bird closes on 28 Nov 2019.*


  • $280 for 2019 members

  • $300 for non-members


7.45 Registration

8.00 Staying Safe In Healthcare, Dr Yin Shanqing

9.00 Spine Injury Prevention at work – What helps?, Mr Balachandran Sairam

10.00 Tea break

10.30 Using Adaptive Automation to Improve Safety, Dr Adam Robert

11.30 Panel discussion

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Lego Serious Play on Safety Part I, Mr Edwin Yap

3.00 Tea break

3.30 Lego Serious Play on Safety Part II, Mr Edwin Yap

5.00 End

Staying Safe In Healthcare

There are many forms of harm in a supposedly safe healing environment. This presentation sheds light on the dangers of being a patient, the risks which healthcare professionals bear, and the challenges that lie ahead for this industry. All is not doom and gloom, as healthcare begins to recognize the importance of human factors science.


Dr. Yin Shanqing is the Assistant Director of Human Factors & Systems Design at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), pioneering the application of human factors principles and methodologies toward healthcare research and solutions in Singapore. Prior to KKH, Dr Yin served as the nation’s first healthcare human factors specialist in Changi General Hospital (CGH) for 5 years. With over ten years of human factors exposure, Dr Yin’s journey has brought him through various domains such as aviation and process control. He has a PhD in Human Factors Engineering and a BSc in Psychology, and is also an FAA-certified private pilot.

Spine Injury Prevention at work – What helps?

Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are a group of medical conditions associated with repetitive activities and awkward postures at the workplace. Pain and disorders of the spine have been identified as an important sub-group within WRMSDs. This talk will focus on the current evidence based practices on preventing spine disorders developing in a work environment and the importance of exercise based interventions for preventing spine disorders.


A member of HFESS, Mr. Sairam received his Master’s degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from the University of South Australia, Adelaide in year 2000. He is additionally certified as an ergonomic evaluation specialist from the USA. He has years of experience working in the area of musculoskeletal care both in the public as well as in private practice in Singapore. He has published papers in international journals and written many an article on health and wellbeing for the public.

He delivers ergonomics and workplace wellness talks to corporates in Singapore and has a keen interest in the management of chronic low back & neck disorders. He engages the public in creating awareness on work injury prevention and presents talks on many health and wellness topics to the public such as workplace ergonomics, back & neck care, knee pain management, safe sports strategies, osteoporosis and Diabetes & exercise.

He has delivered lectures and workshops on safe work practices to corporates such as Wearnes, Komatsu, Ingersoll Rand, Umar Pulavar language School, MHC Asia, Pangroup, Markono, Pratt and Whitney, Pan Malayan Pharma, Hollandse International School , Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing, Broadbridge, Project Managers Association, Singapore and Housing Development Board, Singapore.

Using Adaptive Automation to Improve Safety

Well trained workers usually perform their jobs in a highly reliable and safe manner. But shift work and emergencies can cause stress and high workload. If mental resources are used up, performance can break down. This presentation examines how adaptive automation can help. By detecting physiological signals of strain, we can prevent performance breakdown.


Dr Adam Roberts is a Human Factors psychologist with specialisation in neuro-ergonomics. For the past four years at NTU, he has been examining how environmental factors affect work performance. Prior to NTU, Adam was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. Adam has a PhD in Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology and a Masters in Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. Adam has worked on projects relating to environmental effects on the brain and behaviour, speech and language perception, and brain-controlled adaptive automation. He has over 10 years of experience with psycho-physiological recording, including eye tracking, EEG brain responses, and cardiovascular measures.


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a serious of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject. Participants will build their own Lego model in response to the facilitator’s questions. These Lego models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

Lego Serious Play will be led by a Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.

Using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method, the facilitator will stimulate ideas from participants on WSH planning in a company.

  • WSH organizational development

  • Increase employee engagement

  • Building a share vision in WSH

  • Explore development of WSH innovations

  • Helping marginalized populations that have difficulty with verbal and written communication to tell their stories


Mr. Edwin Yap has over 25 years of experience in safety, health and environmental consulting experience across a broad range of business classes. For the last 10 years, he had been providing technical services to his clients in the Asia Pacific region, regarding industrial and office ergonomics assessment, slip, trip and fall assessment and organizational culture of safety diagnostic. Being an active HFESS member, he aims to further the scientific knowledge of Human Factors and Ergonomics via enhancing HFESS’s organized education and membership recruitment.



What do I need to prepare to attending?

The focus of the event is to build a stronger HFE community in Singapore. It is necessary that you bring with you your aspiration for the society and how you wish the society will grow to benefit you. This can range from group discounts for HFE courses to being appointed as a Director to lead HFE initiatives.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No it is not transferrable.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We appreciate if the registrant is the same person as the attendee of the symposium, as we will be running a check on your membership details from our database if you opt for the 'Existing member' pricing.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please drop us an email @ hfessingapore@gmail.com if you are any inquiry regarding the symposium.


How do I know if I am an existing 2019 member?

Existing HFESS members include members who have paid their dues after 1 Dec 2018. Please drop us an email @ hfessingapore@gmail.com if you are unsure when you last paid for your membership.

How do I decide on my membership category?

Please refer to the details in this link https://www.hfess.org/membership/

Who decides on my membership category?

The current secretary will process your membership application after you send us the relevant documents. With the exception for Fellows, he will recommend your membership category to the executive committee who will decide. The executive committee will decide on your status. For applications to be a fellow in the society, a review board, formed by 3 past immediate HFESS presidents chaired by the President Elect, reviews the application and present the fellow status during our AGM.

What if I am assigned a membership category that is different from what I've applied?

The secretary will inform you about your membership category once the executive committee approves your application and his recommendation. The treasurer will contact you to process the refund.

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