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Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance
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Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (CAP 509) and subsidiary regulations regulate safety and health at work of all economic activities (both industrial and non-industrial establishments). The scope has been expanded to cover offices, commercial premises, educational institutions, hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other workplaces. The legislation imposes general duty of care on employers, occupiers of premises and employees, and set down basic requirements in accident prevention, fire prevention, working environment, workplace hygiene, first aid, manual handling operation and use of display screen equipment. View moremore
Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance
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Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (CAP 59) and subsidiary regulations apply to industrial undertakings, i.e. factories, construction sites, catering establishments, cargo and container handling undertakings, repair workshops and other industrial workplaces. The legislation imposes general duties on proprietors and employees, and requires the person having the management and control of a factory or other industrial establishment to notify the Commissioner for Labour the particulars of their operations or construction works. The legislation also prescribes detailed safety and health standards on various aspects of hazardous work activities, plant and machinery, processes and substances. View moremore
Other Relevant Laws & Regulations
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Gas Safety Ordinance (CAP 51) and subsidiary regulations apply to gas supply companies, gas contractors and establishments using liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas or town gas installations (such as restaurants and cooking oil manufacturers). The legislation regulates the approval of gas installations and controls the importation, manufacture, storage, transport, supply and use of gaseous fuels. View moremore
Boilers and Pressure Vessels Ordinance (CAP 56) and subsidiary regulation apply to establishments using boilers and pressure vessels including thermal oil heaters, steam receivers, steam containers, air receivers and pressurized cement tanks mounted on trucks and trailers. The legislation regulates the standards and operation of these boilers and pressure vessels, and require them to be registered with Labour Department and be examined before being put into use and periodically thereafter by appointed examiner. View moremore
Buildings Ordinance (CAP 123) and subsidiary regulations apply to domestic or public buildings or buildings which are constructed or adapted for the use for public entertainment. The legislation provides for the planning, construction, administration and demolition works of buildings and set down requirements like sanitary fitments. It also calls for the registration of authorized persons, registered structural engineers, general building contractors and specialist contractors with the Building Authority. View moremore
Dangerous Goods Ordinance (CAP 295) and subsidiary regulations apply to establishments using dangerous goods. The ordinance defines about 450 dangerous goods, including explosives, compressed gases, poisonous substances, corrosive substances, substances liable to spontaneous combustion and flammable substances. The legislation classifies dangerous goods, and regulates the manufacture, use, storage and transport of dangerous goods. View moremore
Radiation Ordinance (CAP 303) and subsidiary regulations apply to trades involving the use of radioactive substances or irradiating apparatus. The legislation regulates the import, export, control and use of irradiating apparatus; and control prospecting and mining of radioactive minerals. View moremore
Pneumoconiosis (Compensation) Ordinance (CAP 360) establishes a scheme for compensating persons or their family members in respect of incapacity or death resulting from pneumoconiosis. View moremore
Occupational Safety and Health Council Ordinance (CAP 398) establishes the Occupational Safety and Health Council as a statutory body for the fostering of safer and healthier working conditions in Hong Kong, and provides for the payment of a levy by employers and for related matters. View moremore
Electricity Ordinance (CAP 406) and subsidiary regulations apply to electrical workers, electrical contractors and owners of fixed electrical installation. The legislation regulates the test and examination of prescribed fixed electrical installations, and requires registration of electrical workers and electrical contractors with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. View moremore
Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance (CAP 469) provides for the compensation and other benefits of persons who suffer from noise-induced deafness after having been exposed to noise in their working environment.jurisdiction, procedure and practice and for related matters. View moremore
Builder’s Lifts and Tower Working Platforms (Safety) Ordinance (CAP 470) and subsidiary regulations apply to owners or lessees of builder’s lifts and tower working platforms. The ordinance regulates the design, construction, installation, maintenance, test, examination and use of such work equipment View moremore
Fire Safety (Commercial Premises) Ordinance (CAP 502) provides for fire safety improvements to be made to certain commercial premises used as office or for the purposes of business, trading or any entertainment (such as banks, off-course betting branches, supermarkets and shopping centres) constructed on or before 23 March 1973. The legislation regulates the provision or improvement of fire safety measures or installations and the planning, design and construction of commercial premises or commercial buildings in relation to fire safety matters. View moremore
Freight Containers (Safety) Ordinance (CAP 506) and subsidiary regulations apply in relation to any container in use or supplied for use in Hong Kong except that designed solely for use in air transport. The legislation regulates the use, approval, maintenance and examination of containers. View moremore
Lifts and Escalators Ordinance (CAP 618) and subsidiary regulations apply to lifts and escalators in both public and private sectors. The Responsible Persons ("RPs"), including owners of a lift/escalator and any other person who have the management or control of the lift/escalator, have the duty to ensure their lift/escalator is kept in a proper state of repair and in safe working order.
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