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Takala Jukka

E-mail: jukka_takala@wshi.gov.sg

Dr. Takala holds a BSc and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and a Doctorate in Engineering (D.Sc. Tech.) from the Tampere University of Technology (Finland); studied Engineering at the Helsinki University of Technology, Industrial Economics at the Helsinki School of Economics and Occupational Safety and Health at the Tampere University of Technology (Finland).

He worked in metal industry as a design engineer from 1968-70 and for the Helsinki University of Technology as assistant lecturer from 1971-73. Dr Takala has held the posts of Inspector, Safety Engineer, Chief Engineer and Chief of Machine Safety Bureau in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Labour in Finland from 1973. He joined the ILO as Chief Technical Adviser and Expert in Occupational Safety and Health in Nairobi (Kenya) in March 1978 and then in Bangkok (Thailand) in June 1983. Appointed Chief of the ILO’s International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre, CIS, in September 1986 and Chief of the Safety and Health Information Services Programme in January 1994. Appointed Chief of the Occupational Safety and Health Branch in June 1996. Appointed Director of the InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) of the International Labour Office from 1 October 1999 and continued until 15 September, 2006.

He joined the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao, Spain on 16 September 2006 as the Director of the EU Agency.

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