Safety Seminar on “Guidelines on Safety of Lift Shaft Works”

To:                   All staff and students
From:              Health, Safety & Environment Office
Date:               3 November 2010
Subject:           Safety Seminar on "Guidelines on Safety of Lift Shaft Works”
This office and The Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Association will jointly organize a safety seminar on "Guidelines on Safety of Lift Shaft Works”. 
Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: November 24, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Registration at 6:30 p.m.)

Venue: Room Y305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon.
Speaker: Ms. Ada FUNG, JPDeputy Director of Housing (Development & Construction), Housing Department

Ms. Ada FUNG, JP is an architect by profession. She is an active member in the architectural field as well as in the construction industry in Hong Kong. In her career as Deputy Director of Housing, she supervises the Development & Construction Division of the Housing Department, overseeing all facets of work covering project management, planning, design and contract management, as well as establishing operational policies on procurement, design, construction, quality, performance assessment, dispute resolution, research and development, safety and the environment for public housing development in Hong Kong. She also promotes partnering, value management, risk management, ethical integrity, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, green building and BIM in the industry. She is the Chairman of the CIC Task Force on Site Safety of Working in Lift Shaft. She is also an accredited mediator on the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Panel of Mediators, and the Chairman of the Architects Registration Board.

Outline of the Talk:

Many activities take place within or near lift shafts during construction, lift installation, and operation and maintenance stages. Accidents occurred in lift shafts could be catastrophic causing serious injuries or even loss of lives and damage to properties. A Task Force has been formed under the Committee on Construction Site Safety of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to thoroughly review the work cycle involving the installation of lifts within a construction project. 

The Task Force aims to develop designated sets of safety precautionary measures for each stage of lift shaft works so as to protect the lives of workers, lift operators, users and associated properties, and to publish them as guidelines. On 22 July 2010, the CIC published a new guideline entitled “Guidelines on Safety of Lift Shaft Works: Volume 1 – During Construction Stage and Before Handing Over to Lift Installation Contractor”. In the seminar, the Chairperson of the Task Force, Ms Ada Fung, will introduce the key provisions stipulated in the Guidelines. She will highlight the importance of planning of lift shaft works, risk assessment and the implementation of a Permit-to-Work system. Some of the necessary safety features and provisions to be considered in the planning and design stage for buildings under Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) arrangement will also be presented. 

Language: Cantonese is the primary medium of instruction and English terms are used where applicable. 

Registration: Please reserve your seat via HSEO homepage on-line enrolment system on or before 17 November 2010 at Seats are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful enrolment will be notified. 

Attendance Certificate: The event is free of charge and attendance certificate will be issued to the PolyU staff and students upon completion of the Seminar. No certificate will be issued to those who arrived after 7:15 p.m.

For further enquiries, please contact the HSEO General Office at 3400-8386.