MR ALEX Teo, 38, is Deputy Chief Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.

As his title states, Mr Teo's job is to oversee health, safety and environmental issues at the shipyard. He sees to the implementation of safety procedures, such as conducting risk assessments before shipyard operations.

Employees involved undergo training to familiarise themselves with potential risks related to that operation, such as fire.

They are taught how to react properly in such scenarios. The Company Emergency Response Team (Cert) comes under Mr Teo's department and is activated in the event of any incident.

When it comes to overseeing health, Mr Teo's responsibilities include recording noise and dust levels for external auditors.

If, for instance, sound levels breach workplace safety and health regulations of 85 decibels for eight hours of work, he and his team will look into how to cut employees' exposure to the noise. Solutions may include introducing sound barriers or isolating noisy machines.

The environmental component of his work involves preventing pollution, such as oil spills.

Yet another aspect of his work is organising monthly dialogues for various tradesmen, such as painters, as well as clients, to share best practices in the areas of health, safety and the environment, and discuss problems and their solutions.

Mr Teo has a diploma in shipbuilding and offshore engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science in occupational health and safety from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

He joined Jurong Shipyard after completing his national service in 2000 and has been working in the company since.

Starting out as an assistant engineer, he worked his way up to become assistant section manager, then manager of health, safety and environment, and is now deputy chief of the department.

He says: "The challenge of being a safety professional is that you have to balance safety with adhering to the project schedule.

"We must convince our colleagues that all safety aspects must be covered."

His department does this by doing a risk assessment for every individual job.

Said Mr Teo: "That way, they understand the potential hazards and take ownership of safety matters."