The Labour Department will distribute free give-away kits containing personal protective items to 50,000 workers in different trades to enhance their understanding of the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) with a view to minimising the number of industrial accidents.
This is a part of the Personal Protective Equipment Promotional Campaign activities jointly organised by the Labour Department and various organisations.
The campaign aims to enhance employees' and employers' understanding of the importance of PPE and to tie in with the introduction of a proposed new legislation, the Occupational Safety and Health (Personal Protective Equipment) Regulation. The regulation will be made under the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance and is being drafted to provide a statutory mechanism to require employers to provide suitable PPE as well as training and guidance on its use to employees.
The PPE kits will be distributed through the Construction Industry Training Authority (CITA), the Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC), the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA), the Housing Authority (HA), employees' unions and trade organisations, etc. The kit contains an eye protector, ear protectors, respirators, a pair of safety gloves and publicity materials.
The 3-month campaign was kicked off today (Friday) when representatives of organising committee visited the CITA to distribute PPE kits to trainees under the green card training courses.
The campaign will also include exhibitions, an Announcement of Public Interest (API) on television, display of posters and publicity materials at major public transport systems, and promotional visits to work sites by representatives of organising committee.
The posters and the API will feature sport celebrities Ho Ka-lai (a fencing player), Chiu Wing-yin (a squash player) and Dick Leung (a squash coach) who have earlier been appointed as Safety Ambassadors by the Labour Department.
The Department will mount exhibitions, display PPE exhibits and distribute publicity materials at work safety and health promotional activities organised by employees' unions and trade organisations. It will also join the Safety and Health Expo from March 21 to 23 next year.
Co-organisers of the campaign are the OSHC, the Works Bureau, the HA, the CITA, the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board, the Occupational Deafness Compensation Board, the HKCA, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions and the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union. The campaign will last until March next year.
End/Friday, December 17, 1999