July 8th was a momentous occasion as the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) and the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO) joined hands in signing a 2-year Memorandum of Understanding, showing the emphasis that was being placed in the safety aspect of the upcoming 28th SEA games in 2015.
“We cannot take safety and well-being for granted. For an event that involves large numbers of people from Singapore and abroad, the organizers of the 2015 SEA games have an obligation to ensure we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone,” mentioned Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Sports Council.
Serving as the first partnership signing for the 2015 SEA games, both parties expressed their pleasure at the prospect of working hand in hand to up the standards of the risk-management plans for the highly anticipated games. The Singapore Sports Council and SISO have also worked together before, in the 2009 Conference on Safety and Health in Research and Education, an event organized by SISO and supported by the SSC.
Health and wellness
The agreement signed ensured that increased attention was to be paid for the safety aspect of the SEA games. Factors such as in-depth inspections of games venues all the way to health and wellness issues such as the Haze management will be thoroughly checked and it would be made sure that everything was in accordance to the WSHA guidelines.
“More than 80 SISO members, who are qualified Workplace Safety and Health Officers, will fan across the island over the next few months to conduct Risk Assessments of the SEA Games venues,” commented Mr Seet Choh San, President of the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers. “It is just the start of the 4 phases of collaboration that will extend past the SEA Games in 2015.
With the SEA games still 2 years away, the agreement showed the commitment that both parties shared in ensuring the safety of every athlete due to showcase themselves in the 28th games.
“Our focus on safety is in keeping with the national policy on safety,” commented Mr Lim Teck Yin. “Our early start for safety planning highlights our commitment to provide sufficient time to ensure all bases are covered and resources are allocated.
Although the agreement was solely for the purpose of the 28th SEA Games, the parties mentioned of their interest in allowing the deal to serve also as a legacy and as a basic framework to use, in all future events after the games in 2015.
“While our focus will be on developing and implementing risk management plans for the upcoming 28th SEA Games, it will also provide a legacy post games where we can use these plans for future sports events,’ envisioned Mr Lim Teck Yin. “