Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 6:
Labour Market Situation
Labour Administration and Services
Employment Services
Preparing People for Work
Labour Relations
Employees' Rights
and Benefits
Imported Workers
Occupational Safety
and Health
Occupational Safety
and Health Council
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Occupational Safety
and Health Council

Since its establishment in 1988, the Occupational Safety and Health Council has been endeavouring to enhance safety and health awareness among the working population and to promote safety and health standards in Hong Kong by maintaining a close partnership with employers, employees, professional bodies, academics and the Government through training, promotion, consultancy, research and information services.

A total of 31 000 people attended 1 450 training courses organised by the council in 2006. The council keeps abreast of changes and demands in Hong Kong and abroad for occupational safety. To further enhance Hong Kong's overall productivity and competitiveness, the council updates its courses regularly for specific industrial sectors. It also participated in the Skills Upgrading Scheme by organising two tailor-made training programmes for the healthcare sector. These training courses included a session on the safe use of x-ray irradiating apparatus. In addition, training courses were conducted for industries involving high-risk operations and other new industries. For instance, training courses on transportable temporary anchor devices, on safe working at heights and for people working in the logistics industry were organised.

To further hammer home the work safety message in Hong Kong, the council launched the Safe Community Programme. In 2006, the World Health Organisation designated Tsuen Wan, Sham Shui Po and Tung Chung as new safe communities. The council continued to support the China Hong Kong Safe and Healthy Community Network which provided a good experience-sharing forum for all safe communities.

The council organised the 7th International Congress on Work Injuries Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation in June 2006. The Congress provided a good opportunity for professionals from different countries to share their knowledge and experiences in the rendering of assistance and occupational rehabilitation services to injured workers to facilitate their early return to work.

The council continued to provide small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with technical advice and financial support by strengthening the SME Sponsorship Schemes. For example, the Sponsorship Scheme for Anchor Device for the Renovation and Maintenance Trade, the Sponsorship Scheme for Safe Working in Confined Spaces, the Sponsorship Scheme for Safety Inspection on Maintenance of Buildings and the Subsidising Scheme for Training Courses of Loadshifting Machinery (Compactor and Dumper) have greatly enhanced the safe and hygenic conditions at SME workplaces.

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