Implementation of the safety management system
Asked by : Hon LEUNG Fu-wah
Replied by : SEM
On 24 November 1999, the Legislative Council resolved to approve the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Management) Regulation (Cap. 59, sub. leg.) made by the Commissioner of Labour. The Regulation makes provisions regarding a safety management system for implementation in designated industrial undertakings, but its main provisions have yet to come into effect. Regarding the implementation of the safety management system, will the Government inform this Council of:
- the reasons for not having set a commencement date for the main provisions of the Regulation;
- the progress in implementing the safety management system; and
- the present position regarding the adoption of the 14 elements of safety management system by the contractors and proprietors of the designated industrial undertakings?
|a.|| The Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Management) Regulation (the Regulation) requires proprietors and contractors to -
The Regulation was enacted by the Legislative Council on 24 November 1999. Since then, Labour Department has launched a series of promotional activities for the proprietors and contractors concerned. Provisions relating to the registration of safety auditors and operators of training schemes have also come into effect in June 2000 in order to prepare for the full implementation of the Regulation. The Administration has yet to implement the other provisions because -
|b.|| Since the enactment of the Regulation, Labour Department has launched a series of promotional activities to enable the proprietors and contractors concerned to clearly understand the requirements under the Regulation and to assist them in devising safety management systems. As at May 2001, Labour Department has -
|c.|| The Regulation requires proprietors and contractors concerned to adopt 14 elements of safety management system (see Annex) to provide the framework for safety management and assist the relevant industrial undertakings in achieving self-regulation through devising safety management systems. As safety management system is a new concep, proprietors and contractors of the relevant industrial undertakings would need time to adapt to the concept and implement the elements step by step. During the initial period of implementation, proprietors and contractors concerned will be required to implement 8 to 10 elements of safety management. The Administration will review in due course the progress of, and experience in, the implementation of the Regulation, before considering further implementation of the remaining 4 elements.
Although the Regulation has yet to come into full effect, Occupational Safety Officers of Labour Department have, during their inspections, observed that the majority of the larger relevant industrial undertakings have already implemented a safety management and can generally meet the requirements under the Regulation. Smaller establishments have also implemented some of the elements of safety management. Occupational Safety Officers will continue to advise the proprietors and contractors concerned, during inspections and promotional activities, to implement as soon as possible the elements of safety management as required by the Regulation.
|14 Elements of Safety Management System|