DSD works closely with its partners, leveraging their expertise and experience to assist us in implementing various projects. To ensure project quality, we have established systems and guidelines on managing consultants and contractors, and adopted innovative approaches to collaborate with our working partners. During the year, we continued to nurture a culture of cooperative partnership by holding various site visits, experience sharing sessions, and incentive programmes.
Promoting Occupational Safety and Health
The Steering Group on Safety was formed to monitor DSD’s safety performance. A major task under its purview is to encourage contractors’ participation in the improvement of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) performance at our project sites. As in previous years, we rolled out multiple safety measures and activities, including site visits, experience sharing sessions, and the Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme, in an effort to raise the overall safety levels across our sites.
Site Visits and Experience Sharing Sessions
Through organising site visits, we offer our working partners an opportunity to exchange knowledge from others. In the second quarter of 2015, we arranged a site visit to the Tuen Mun Village Sewerage and Trunk Sewers at Pillar Point. DSD colleagues, site supervisory staff and representatives of contractors, were guided to learn about the safety and environmental practices adopted at the site.
We also arranged experience sharing sessions in Kum Shing Training Centre in Sheung Shui and Leighton Knowledge and Skills Training Centre in Kwai Chung, in the second quarter and the third quarter of 2015 respectively. The organiser shared with the particpants about its valuable experience on site safety facilities and management practices.
DSD also held a number of experience sharing sessions for different topics on construction safety. Speakers from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and CLP Power Hong Kong Limited were invited to share their hands-on experience and tips on advanced site safety procedures and practices. The sessions aim to prevent occurrence of accidents in future through studying the potential causes of accidents, reminding participants to take appropriate safety measures, and reviewing relevant current legislative and contractual requirements, safety guidelines and codes of practices.
Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme 2015
In addition to raising safety awareness amongst DSD colleagues, project consultants and contractors, our OSH management targets include housekeeping improvements at construction sites. We have organised the Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme annually since 2004, encouraging DSD colleagues, project consultants and contractors to work together to improve site tidiness and cleanliness. Assessment criteria for site performance include cleanliness, tidiness and site appearance; hygienic condition and mosquito control; and environmental nuisance control.
This year, all 47 participating teams scored a rating of “Good” performance or above, and this remarkable result thanked to the efforts by all contractors, project consultants and DSD colleagues. During the award presentation ceremony, DSD’s senior management encouraged all teams to take the necessary measures in response to public expectations and work towards a win-win scenario.