SOE Events

Safety Engineering and Management

17th Jun 2013
Hong Kong

The ‘Symposium on Innovation in Safety Engineering and Management’ was held on the 26 April 2013 in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Symposium was jointly organized by The Society of Operations Engineers Hong Kong Region (SOEHK) and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Safety Specialist Committee (HKIE – SSC).

The Symposium provided a platform for guests and experts in various sectors to bring along a wide variety of interesting and state-of-the-art ideas and innovative measures in safety engineering and management.

Traditionally, safety has focused on the reduction of accidents and improvement of outcomes. However, there are often multiple contributing causes that may be overlooked or not seriously considered. Typical safety measures produce a list that will include enforcement of regulations, training, meetings, talks, postings, inspections, incentives, punishment, etc. These have been in use for many years in the industry. While all of these regulations and interventions have certainly contributed to the reduction of accidents, they have not eliminated them. With the advancement of new technology and improved safety management measures, it is hoped that the sharing of innovative ideas will produce a better and safer environment for workers and reduce the chance of accidents.

Ir Jeffrey Yung, Chairman of HKIE-SSC and Immediate Past President of SOEHK delivers his welcome speech

Ir Jeffrey Yung, Chairman of SSC and Immediate Past President of SOEHK and Ir Dr Jackson Lau, Chairman of the Organizing Committee delivered a welcome speech to the delegates in attendance. Ir C S Wai, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administration Region), delivered the opening speech as guest of honour. For the keynote addresses, Ir Chan Fan, JP, Director of EMSD (Electrical and Mechanical Services Department), Ir T C Chew, Projects Director of MTR (Mass Transit Railway), Ir Thomas Ho, JP, President of HKCA (Hong Kong Construction Association) and Ir Wong Tin-cheung, Conrad, JP, Chairman of OSHC (Occupational Safety & Health Council), etc, presented their abstracts, opinions and suggestions from a safety professional point of view. Ir Professor KK Choy, HKIE President gave the Symposium’s closing address.

During the symposium, Ir Conrad Wong shared the importance of engineering safety within the construction industry in Hong Kong. He emphasized that to build a safe work culture re-engineering of current practice is needed. From the view of this, the OSH Star Enterprise – Pilot Scheme on RMAA Safety Accreditation was launched in 2012. Ir Conrad Wong introduced the technique of using smartphone devices to provide ‘right at the spot’ safety instructions and training for all workers and safety officers, these devices can retrieve real-time site instructions and help improve the efficiency of their work.

Ir C S Wai, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR, delivers his opening speech as guest of honour.

Ir Albert Chan presented on the impact of heat stress on construction workers, which stated the current figures from construction sites, and shared some statistical analysis methodology from the research.

Ir Thomas Ho, JP - President of Hong Kong Construction Association shared some real cases from construction site related to the impact of safety. With analysis based on the impact on the families of workers affected, the insufficiency of pre-action, and neglect from workers. He stressed that safety must be kept in mind by all workers at all times while they are working onsite.

Ir Keith KW Chan - Deputy Director (Safety, Health, Environment & Quality, Power Systems), CLP Power Hong Kong Limited presented the objectives of the company in providing stable and reliable electricity supply to its customers, whilst maintaining a high level of operational standard for protecting the safety and health of its employees and contractors. CLP has introduced a number of safety initiatives in preventing human errors in its operations so as to minimize the number of operational incidents in recent years. With the continual efforts in human-error prevention programs in CLP, the company is confident in achieving its goal of ‘Zero Incidents’ in the near future. Thus, he introduced some practical application of safety engineering in electrical plants and substations to prevent the incident occurrence.

(left to right) Ir Joseph Chi, Immediate Past Chairman of HKIE-SSC; Ir K C Lau, Chairman of SOEHK; Ir CS Wai, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR; Ir Jeffrey Yung, Chairman of HKIE-SSC and Immediate Past President of SOEHK; Ir Chan Fan, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Department, HKSAR; Ir Dr. Jackson Lau, OC Chairman of the Symposium

Law Kwok Leung Lawrence - Airport Safety Manager, Airport Authority explained the existing safety management and innovative engineering from aircraft operation. He outlined the comprehensive Safety Management System (AA SMS 1988) established by AA. The SMS has been in operation before the incorporation of this requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organization. AA seeks through its Corporate Safety Management Plan and Procedures (AA CSMP 2013) to achieve the highest standards of operational and occupational safety and health in HKIA. AA developed the Aerodrome Manual (AA SM 2011) and Airport Operations Manual (AA AOM 2013) which stipulated all aspects of airport operations, business and management practices.

The use of a systematic, proactive, and well-defined system enables the Authority to strike a realistic and efficient balance between safety and complexity in airport operations. The SMS enables AA to effectively assess risk and develop solutions, thus improving risk management decision-making and increasing AA’s ability to target resources to those issues that have the greatest threat to airport operations.

The 300 participants who attended found the event interesting and engaging, and took away a deeper understanding of the further developments that are needed to prepare for safety and create innovative strategy, planning and management for the engineering market.

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