Safety Workshop on “How to Improve Hong Kong Construction Safety”

Dear Colleagues and Students, 

Although the construction industry safety record has been improved in recent years, however, it is noted that Hong Kong, amongst the major developed regions such as UK, EU, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, etc., has the highest fatality rate per 1,000 workers. Following the recent multi-fatalities and the long overdue of safety management initiatives, there is an urgent need to review the situation.  This Workshop aims to gather the views and recommendations from the safety practitioners who play key roles in accident prevention.

The Workshop, first of its kind, organized by local associations, will be held as scheduled below: 

Date:              March 27, 2010, Saturday
Time:             0900 – 1230 hours
Venue:           Room PQ304
Language:    Cantonese supplemented by English technical terms 

The Workshop is jointly organized by the Health, Safety and Environment office and the Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Association. Participants will be divided into 6 groups for discussions and led by the facilitators. At the end of the discussion session, each group will draw up their conclusions and report back in the Workshop. The views and opinions generated in the Workshop will then be recorded and a technical report will be compiled and forwarded to relevant stakeholders including the government departments for consideration.  

Programme:
 

08:45 to 09:00 Registration
09:00 to 09:05 Welcome Speech by President of HKOSHA
09:05 to 09:15 Briefing on the purposes of the Event
09:15 to 10:45 Discussion and Preparation of the feedback
10:45 to 11:15 Tea Break
11:15 to 12:15 Presentation of the Findings and Conclusions (10 minutes for each group)
12:15 to 12:30 Closing Remarks

 Topics for Group Discussion:
 

Group A: How to enhance communication among Labour Department, construction companies and safety practitioners?
Group B: How to prevent most frequent types of fatal accidents in construction sites, using the recent ICC accident as an example?
Group C: How to enhance the image, status & qualifications (if need) of RSOs in construction industry?
Group D: How to enhance the site safety management in HK construction industry from the perspective of clients, developers, contractors, etc.?
Group E: How to improve health and safety in Hong Kong construction industry from a government perspective?  
Group F: How to enhance health and safety standard of SME contractors?

To facilitate our arrangements, please choose 3 groups you are interested and prioritize them in order. We will attempt to arrange as much as per your wish but in some cases, we may need to move you into another group, if necessary. In any case, we will inform you in advance your allocated group by email. You are also requested to be well prepared by writing down some bullet points of your views before the Workshop so as to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the discussion. 

Registration: Please reserve your seat via HSEO homepage on-line enrolment system on or before 17 March 2010 at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hseo/EnrolmentList.php.  Seats are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful enrolment will be notified.   The Workshop is free of charge for PolyU staff and students. Attendance certificate will be issued separately to the participants.   

If you are unable to attend the Workshop but have some recommendations, please feel free to forward to HSEO at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further queries, please contact the HSEO General Office at 3400-8386/3400-8396 or Mr Dennis LAI of HSEO at 3400-8393.  

We look forward to meeting you at the Workshop.   

Health, Safety and Environment Office