Labour Department withdraws recognition of safety training course

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Labour Department (LD) has today (February 9) withdrawn the recognition given to the Construction Site Workers General Union (CSWGU) for running the Mandatory Basic Safety Training Course under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Cap. 59) for persons employed at an industrial undertaking carrying out construction work.
     A spokesman for the LD said the CSWGU was found to have breached the approval conditions attached to the running of the course. A trainer of the CSWGU allowed all course trainees to sit for an examination without first requiring them to attend a practice session to become familiarised with the use of a safety harness with a lifeline and a fall-arresting device.

Under the approval conditions of the course concerned, a course provider should not allow trainees who have not completed hands-on practice to take the examination. In addition, the CSWGU was found to have issued a certificate to a person who had not attended the course. Having conducted thorough investigation and evidence gathering, and after considering the explanations and representations given by the CSWGU, the LD decided to withdraw the recognition in view of the serious nature of the breach.
     "We conduct surprise checks from time to time to monitor course providers' compliance with approval conditions of safety training courses, as part of our efforts to ensure the quality of these training courses.

Failure to comply with the approval conditions may result in the withdrawal of the recognition of a course," the spokesman stressed.
     There are currently 99 approved course providers running the Mandatory Basic Safety Training Course. The course information is available on the LD's website (" target="_blank"> People who need to take the course may enrol with these approved course providers.
     "For enquiries please call the LD's Occupational Safety and Health Training Centre hotline on 2940 7076 or the department's occupational safety and health advisory telephone service hotline on 2559 2297," the spokesman said.

Published on: 2018-02-09

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