Welcome Message

 
Welcome to the Safety Corner on HKICM’s website.
 
The Safety Corner is established with the aim to provide fellow members with general information and advice on occupational safety and health in construction site as well as the updated safety news and alerts in regards to the latest legislations, codes of practice and other safety related matters affecting the construction management professionals.
 
In addition, training courses and CPD events on safety related topics including updates on occupational safety and health legislation will be organized on regular basis to promote safety and health awareness of the members.
 
As a member of the Institute, your involvement would be highly appreciated and will surely be imminent in contributing to the growth in our missions ahead.  Please contact the Secretariat via email: info@hkicm.org.hk should you have any queries or suggestions.
 
 
Cr William W. K. CHUNG
Chairman, Safety Committee

 


Members of Safety Committee 2016-17

 
Chairman : Cr William W. K. CHUNG
Members : Cr Henry W. H. NG
    Cr Meric Y. L. SHIU
    Cr S. K. WONG
    Cr Vessa LEE


Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate ('Green Card')

 
The Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers has been authorized by the Labour Department to issue the relevant certificate for the construction industry under section 6BA(4) of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance, Cap. 59, which will satisfy the safety training requirement under section 6BA(4) of the Ordinance. 
 
Membership Card serves as ‘Green Card’
Effective 1 April 2017, HKICM Membership Card (applicable to Fellow / Member / Associate / Graduate member ONLY) without photo could now be served a ‘Green Card’ subject to the following conditions:
(1) The card must carry a statement at the back that the Member satisfies the Commissioner for Labour in respect of safety training under Section 6BA(4) of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Cap. 59); and
(2) Undertake relevant training/courses to update your knowledge as to occupational safety and health.


General Safety Information

 
The following is a summary of the major laws and regulations related to Occupational Safety & Health applicable to construction works in Hong Kong:
 

(I)     Chapter 509 of the Laws of Hong Kong

 Title

 Occupational Safety & Health Ordinance (OS&HO) and Regulations

 Covered Areas

 All workplaces including construction sites

 Content

 >  The OS&HO provides for the safety and health protection to employees in workplaces, both
      industrial and non-industrial.
 >   Employers must, as far as reasonably practicable, ensure the safety and health of their
      employees at work by attending to the following:
      -      providing and maintaining plant and work systems that are safe and without risks to
             health;
       -     making arrangement for ensuring safety and absence of risks to health in connection 
             with the use, handling, storage or transport of plant or substances;
       -     providing all necessary information, instruction, training, and supervision for ensuring
              safety and health;
       -     maintaining the workspace in a condition that is safe and without risks to health;
       -     providing and maintaining safe access to and egress from the workplaces; and
       -     providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and without risks to
             health.
 >   Specific requirement are given in the Regulations, such as:
       -     Cap. 509A Section 18 - First aid facilities to be provided at workplace;
       -     Cap. 509A Part VII – Manual Handling Operations;
       -     Cap. P 509B – Occupational Safety & Health (Display Screen Equipment) Regulation.

 Enforced by

 Labour Department, Occupational Safety & Health Branch

(II)     Chapter 59 of the Laws of Hong Kong

 Title

 Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (FIUO) and Regulations

 Covered Areas

 Construction sites and workshops

 Provision

 >   The FIUO provides for the safety and health protection to workers in an industrial
       undertaking.
 >   Under the FIUO, every proprietor shall, as far as is reasonably practicable take care of the
       safety and health at work of all persons employed by him at the industrial undertaking by:
       -     providing and maintaining plant and work systems that are safe and without risks to
             health;
       -     making arrangements for ensuring safety and health in connection with the use,
             handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;
       -     providing all necessary information, instruction, training, and supervision for ensuring
             safety and health;
       -     providing and maintaining safe access to and egress from the workplaces; and
       -     providing and maintaining a work environment that is safe and without risks to health.

 Enforced by

 Labour Department, Occupational safety & Health Branch

(III)      Chapter 282 of the Laws of Hong Kong

 Title

 Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (ECO)

 Covered Areas

 Employees

 Content

 >   The ECO establishes a no-fault and non-contributory employee compensation system for
      work injuries and lays down the rights and obligations of employers and employees in
      respect of injuries or death caused by accidents arising out of and in the course of
      employment, or by prescribed occupational diseases.
 >   Report of accidents and the payment of compensation to employees who are injured in the
      course of their employment:
 If the accident causes  Person responsible must notify the 
 accident to the Labour Department
 Death or serious injury  Within 24 hours after the accident
 Permanently or temporarily (for at least 3 days)  incapacitated from working  Within 7 days after the accident
 The death of the employee within 3 days after the  accident  Not later than 7 days after the accident
 The death of the employee other than the above  Not later than 7 days after the death
 The total or partial incapacity irrespective of the  period of partial incapacity  Not later than 14 days after accident

 Enforced by

 Labour Department

(IV)     Other Safety related Ordinances

 Chapter

 Title

 Cap. 311

 Air Pollution Control Ordinance

 Cap. 56

 Boilers and Pressure Vessels Ordinance

 Cap. 123

 Buildings Ordinance

 Cap. 145

 Control of Chemical Ordinance

 Cap. 295

 Dangerous Goods Ordinance

 Cap. 406

 Electricity Ordinance

 Cap. 51

 Gas Safety Ordinance

 Cap. 400

 Noise Control Ordinance

 Cap. 303

 Radiation Ordinance

 Cap. 354

 Waste disposal Ordinance

 Cap. 358

 Water Pollution Control Ordinance