Our project consultants and contractors not only play a key role in carrying out DSD works, but also join forces with us to improve the sustainability performance with their rich experience. To facilitate cooperation among all parties, we have established comprehensive systems and guidelines while constantly exploring multi-faceted and innovative collaborative approaches. During the year, we increased the use of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) and continued with our various programmes (including site visits and experience-sharing sessions), strengthening cooperation with working partners.
Promoting Occupational Safety and Health
The Steering Group on Safety, led by our Deputy Director, has been formed to review and improve the occupational safety and health (OSH) performance of the Department. Specifically, one of its main tasks is to promote and enhance OSH together with our contractors. This year, we continued to work with them to implement various safety measures for better safety performance at DSD sites.
Site Visits and Experience-sharing Sessions
By organising site visits, we offer our working partners opportunities to observe industry best practices and exchange with them the experience as well as knowledge in site safety. In the third quarter of 2014, we arranged a site visit to the North District and Tolo Harbour Regional Sewerage— Upgrading of Sewage Pumping Stations and Trunk Sewers. The 23 visitors, including DSD colleagues, site supervisory staff and representatives of contractors, were guided to learn its outstanding performance in site hygiene, safety, environmental management, practices, etc.
DSD also held a number of experience-sharing sessions to discuss various site safety issues and successfully invited members of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, site supervisory staff and representatives of contractors to share their valuable experience and knowledge in implementing better site safety procedures and practices. The sharing sessions aimed at studying the potential causes of accidents, reminding participants to take appropriate safety measures, and reviewing relevant current laws, contractual requirements, safety guidelines and codes of practice, all with a view to preventing similar accidents.
Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme 2014
Apart from raising the safety awareness amongst DSD personnel, project consultants and contractors, construction sites must be kept clean and tidy to improve OSH performance.
Since 2004, we have annually organised the Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme, encouraging DSD colleagues, project consultants and contractors to work together to improve site tidiness and cleanliness. This year, all the 51 participating teams scored a rating of “Good” performance or above. This remarkable result was credited to the efforts of all contractors, project consultants and DSD colleagues. At the award presentation ceremony, the departmental management called on all teams to carry on their excellent performance, together put in practice our vision, mission and values, and serve the public with a “Do it from the Heart” attitude.
As an appreciation, the former Deputy Director of Drainage Services, Mr H. S. TSE, presented the Grand Award winning team with his hand-written calligraphy scroll, bearing the meaning of “A Role Model in Working with One Heart”.
Passionate Community Services by the Project Team of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme
DSD colleagues, project consultants and contractors of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme not only worked closely for the project, but also co-organised public engagement activities and formed a team to serve the community via different activities, of which the major ones held during the year are as follows:
Project consultants and contractors visited the elderly at Wah Kwai Community Centre in Aberdeen on 26 July 2014.
Blood Donation Day
Project consultants organised a Blood Donation Day on 20 October 2014 for project team members to donate blood to help those in need.
Collecting Old Clothes
Working with Salvation Army from November to December 2014, project consultants collected old clothes for those in need.