External review panel on SAF safety visits basic military training centre

External review panel on SAF safety visits basic military training centre
Members of the External Review Panel on SAF Safety interacting with recruits after watching them participate in a live grenade-throwing exercise.

SINGAPORE - The External Review Panel on SAF Safety (ERPSS) made its first working visit today to assess the SAF's safety practices and recommend improvements.

It visited the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) where the panel of experts from the government, industry and professional sectors got a first-hand view of how safety is managed on the ground.

The ERPSS was set up by the Safety and Systems Review Directorate (SSRD) to review various aspects of SAF safety over its three-year tenure. Its review will include a series of visits to Army, Navy and Air Force units.

This comes after the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced during the Committee of Supply Debate 2013 that a review directorate would be formed to oversee the conduct of safety and systems reviews for MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

Director SSRD Brigadier-General (Ret) Wong Huat Sern said that he is confident that they will have many useful ideas on how the SAF can improve its safety practices.

After the visit, CEO Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and ERPSS Chairman, Mr Alan Chan, said that the SAF had already in place a robust safety system and that the visit had provided the panel with useful insights into the safety governance, processes and culture in BMTC.

"We were particularly pleased to be able to speak directly to the recruits after watching them participate in a live grenade-throwing exercise. This helped us gain a better appreciation of what they were going through and how they viewed safety," said Mr Chan.

ERPSS' next visit will be to the Officer Cadet School in January 2014.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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