23rd ACOH 2023
Asian Congress on Occupational Health
Dr. Eun-A Kim
Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute (OSHRI), Korea
Challenges and achievements of occupational health in Korea
- Eun-A Kim is MD (Occupational Medicine), MPH, Ph.D. She began research on occupational health since 1995, has been Director General of Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), South Korea since 2021. Dr Kim has been conducting several epidemiological studies on occupational neurotoxicology, manganese toxicity, occupational cancer, and related occupational health program for the practice in workplace. She is in editor in chief of the Safety and Health at Work (SH@W), and member of editor for Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Safety and Health at Work.
Prof. David Koh
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Translating knowledge into action - technological innovations in OSH
- David Koh qualified in medicine and trained in occupational medicine and public health in Singapore and the UK. He worked in the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1985, and held various appointments such as Department Chair of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine; Director of the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research, and founding director of Singapore’s National Preventive Medicine Residency Program.
From 2012-2022, he joined the Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He was UBD’s Distinguished Professor of Occupational Health and Medicine; and served as Assistant Vice Chancellor from 2014-2018. Professor Koh returned to academic practice in NUS in 2022 and is currently with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. He is also a Visiting Professor to the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Assoc.Prof. Kowit Nambunmee
Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand
Occupational health and safety situation among marginalized workers in Thailand: a case study of immigrant and electronic waste dismantling labors
- Dr. Nambunmee is an experienced occupational health and safety professional who focuses on improving the quality of life for workers in Thailand. As the head of an Urban Safety
Innovation Research Group (USIR), he has developed expertise in identifying and mitigating
workplace hazards, including chemical exposure management. He has also provided
consultancy services to various industries in Thailand, offering guidance on improving
worker safety and health. Additionally, he has worked closely with local government officials
to support initiatives aimed at improving work conditions and creating safer working
environments. His research has centered on marginalized populations, such as hill tribe
farmers, immigrant workers, and electronic waste dismantling workers. Through his work, he
aims to contribute to a safer and healthier working environment for all workers in Thailand
Dr. Ann Olsson
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO), France
Occupational cancer epidemiology - why we need more evidence
- Dr Olsson obtained her PhD in medical sciences 2010 at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and is since 2011 responsible for the Occupational Cancer Epidemiology Team at IARC. Ann’s primary interest is conducting multi-center epidemiological studies to identify environmental and occupational risk factors for lung cancer, testis, and childhood cancers. Much of this involves coordination and collaboration within large international consortia. The research outcomes focus on scientific insights of cancer risks and carcinogenicity, and they also inform cancer control through our partners including the IARC Monographs and national cancer prevention organizations.
Prof. Lyndall Strazdins
Australian National University, Australia
Why long workhours harm health and gender equality: Insights from Australia and Germany
- Professor Strazdins is a research leader on work and health in contemporary, gender-mixed labour markets. Her research has uncovered the problem for health and gender inequality created by conflicts between long work hours and family care, and the need to address long work hours as a Work Health and Safety priority. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and was awarded the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellowship Seal of Excellence. Her papers have been ranked among the top 5 in their year in her field. Professor Strazdins also leads research on time as a determinant of health and most recently has been using new methods to reveal the health harms of long work hours, which are emerging as major drivers of gender inequality and work-related health harms. She has been a scientific advisor to the Australian Government Investing in Women, seeking to support gender equality in employment in Asian labor markets. She has presented to the Japanese Gender Equality Bureau, and served as Scientific Advisor for multiple Federal and State Government initiatives including the Defense Forces, Health Promotion and Work Health and Safety.
Dr. Toru Yoshikawa
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health(JNIOSH), Japan
Development of a web-based participatory workplace improvement program for the primary prevention of mental health issues in small and medium sized enterprises
- Dr. Toru YOSHIKAWA’s expertise covers occupational health, ergonomics and occupational infection controls. His major areas of interests are the research and practices for practical improvements of workplace environment and working condition in terms of occupational safety and health. He contributes to develop training packages for participatory workplace improvements in small enterprises and in health care settings in Asia and Africa. He had served on the deputy director, The Institute for Science of Labour, Japan (ISL, 2007-2015), currently serves on a senior researcher, RECORDs of JNIOSH (2016-). He is also in charge of WHO Collaborating Center for Occupational Health of JNIOSH (JPN-76). Website: https://researchmap.jp/read0063276/?lang=en