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Drainage Services Department - Sustainability Report 2012-2013

Caring Our Staff / Staff Training and Development

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[highlight9.gif] 52,597 Total Staff Training Hours

One of our missions is to enhance a caring, harmonious, safe and healthy work environment that fosters staff development and a mindset for change. We fully understand that the success of our Department does not merely refer to the provision of quality services, but also maintaining a committed workforce with high sense of belonging. We therefore have provided a wide range of training opportunities to cater for the needs and career development of our staff. We have also arranged various recreational activities to care for the well-being of our staff during the year.

Staff Training and Development

We believe that training is important for both staff and the Department to provide quality services on drainage services to meet the escalating demand from the public and the growing attention for sustainability. In 2012-13, we organised a total of 278 training courses relevant to environmental and sustainability matters for our staff, in the form of induction visits, in-house training, duty visits, overseas conferences, as well as seminars and workshops.


Director of Drainage Services, Mr. Chan Chi-chiu (middle), Chief Engineer (Sewerage Projects), Mr. Lai Cheuk-ho (right) and Chief Engineer (Sewage Treatment), Mr. Tam Lee-sing (left) at Kappala Plant in Sweden

On average, our staff received about 28.3 hours of training in 2012-13. The figure is higher than the territory-wide average training hours per employee which was 19.1 hours according to the "2012 Training and Development Needs Survey" conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management.

Average Training Hours per Staff


2008-09 used 23.5 hours, 2009-10 used 23.3 hours, 2009-10 used 23.3 hours, 2010-11 used 23.2 hours, 2011-12 used 24 hours, 2012-13 used 28.3 hours

In-house Training

Staff Induction

All new comers to our Department are required to join a one-day Induction Course to enhance their understanding of the Government and the work nature of the Department, in order to foster a mindset to "serve the public" with dedication. In 2012-13, three Induction classes were held for a total of 142 colleagues.

Visit to Stonecutters Island STW
Induction course for new comers to DSD


Including a series of European Standards (i.e. EN 1990 - EN 1999), the Eurocodes offer a common approach with regard to building design, other civil engineering works and construction products. In 2012-13, a number of training events on Eurocodes were organised for about 380 participants as summarised below.

Course Title No. of Participants
Technical Seminar on Effective Design of Steel and Steel-Concrete Composite Structures to Eurocode 4 2
Eurocodes Seminar 15
Professional Course on Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures to Eurocode EC2 4
Workshop on Application of Eurocodes for Design of Drainage and Sewerage Structures - Session 1 199
Workshop on Application of Eurocodes for Design of Drainage and Sewerage Structures - Session 2 160

Occupational Safety and Health

During the reporting year, our Department has held the following training sessions regarding OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System:

In addition to OHSAS 18001, we organised six staff training events dedicated to occupational safety and health in 2012-13, with 166 participants in total. Details are outlined below.

Course Title No. of Participants
Seminar on Occupational Safety and Health in Arboriculture 15
Certificate of Competence in Display Screen Equipment Assessment 27
Manual Handling Course for Managers and Supervisors 6
Basic Occupational Health and Safety Talk for Working at Sewage Treatment Works 75
Manual Lifting and Handling 33
Workshop on Occupational Health and Safety in Arboriculture 10

Examples of other safety training events provided to our staff during the year include:

Course Title No. of Participants
Dog Bite Safety (11 Sessions) 107
One-day Training on Radiation Protection (6 Sessions) 235
Half-Day Training on Radiation Protection (7 Sessions) 176

Duty Visit

Sludge Conveyance Pumping System Production Facility in Germany

In order to prevent leakage during sludge conveyance, reduce odour and enhance work safety, we planned to adopt sludge conveyance pumping system to replace the existing sludge conveyance belt in Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works. To understand its production process and techniques on system testing and maintenance, our colleagues visited the system production facility in Germany in mid-October 2012. Moreover, the colleagues benefited greatly from the tours to the nearby sewage treatment works, where they learned about valuable knowledge and first-hand experience in facility operation and upholding.

Visit the Sewage Treatment Works in Wiesbaden City
Introduction on Production and Testing of the Sludge Conveyance Pumping System by the German Manufacturer
Discussion with Local Residents
Engineer (Drainage Projects), Mr. Leung Cheuk-lun (left) with UK's project team adopting NEC

Caverns Facilities in Nordic Countries

To learn from international best practices and provide reference for the feasibility study on relocation of Shatin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns, a group led by Director of Drainage Services, Mr. Chan Chi-chiu, paid a special visit to several Nordic countries in August 2012. The delegation visited a total of five sewage treatment works built inside caverns and held discussion sessions with local engineering experts. It was also learned that these sewage treatment works had integrated with the communities satisfactorily due to the implementation of a set of effective control measures.

New Engineering Contract (NEC) Attachment in the United Kingdom

In the anticipation of more upcoming New Engineering Contract (NEC) projects, our Department organised a 4-week attachment programme in the United Kingdom (in April - May 2012) for three project engineers to acquire useful knowledge of the contract management practices and collaborative working style from experienced NEC practitioners. The knowledge gained has been applied in the local NEC projects and shared amongst colleagues in our Department.

River Rehabilitation Projects in Korea and Japan

A joint duty visit by our Department, Atkins China and Mott MacDonald HK Limited was arranged to visit the river restoration and flood control projects in Korea and Japan, which was kindly supported by both Korean River Restoration Network and Japan River Restoration Network. Throughout the visit, our colleagues gained valuable knowledge in implementing river improvement works to reduce flooding risk. The areas we visited included:

Yangjaecheon River Exhibition Centre in Seoul (view from river bed)
General View of completed Gyeongin Ara Waterway
Waterfall in Cheonggyecheon
Super levee for Sumida River


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