Training plays a great role in promoting health and safety in our workforce and our business partners. Training needs are reviewed regularly and in 2010, new safety courses including an Adult Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Certificate Course, Basic Risk Assessment Techniques and Accident Prevention in Construction Sites, and New Cable Colour Code Training were introduced.
We also organised promotional activities to nurture a safety culture in the workplace. The Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Month, organised in May 2010 and themed "EHS for Electrical Work", was well-received. Activities included roadshows, exhibitions, safety training courses and seminars. To encourage experience sharing, award winning contractors shared their success stories in EHS best practice at the Contractor EHS Seminar on 18 June.
A Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) Forum was organised at Lamma Power Station (LPS) in August 2010. More than 60 participants shared information and experience on topics such as safety innovations, safety culture, green initiatives and plant management.
In recognition of good SHE performance of our contractors, eight contractors were selected and presented the SHE Stars in 2010. We also organised SHE Circle Meetings to enhance interaction with our contractors.
In 2010, we conducted a Safety Climate Survey in LPS to gauge staff views on safety awareness and culture. Results showed that the safety culture among our staff is maintained at a satisfactory level. We will continue to foster a safety culture by implementing various safety promotional programmes.
We also reach out to the community to share our knowledge on the safe and efficient use of electricity. In 2010, four electrical safety and energy efficiency talks were conducted for local community and social service organisations. 'Safety Tips on Using Electricity' is also available via "Electricity@home" on our website.
In addition, we supported The E&M Safety Carnival organised by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department by providing sponsorship and a booth. In the November 2010 Carnival, our booth was named 1st Runner-up for the Most Creative Game Award and 2nd Runner-up for the Best Game Booth Design Award. We also won the Highest Accumulative Score Award under the Collaborating Organisation Division in the On-line Quiz of the E&M Safety Campaign for the event.
Sharing Safety Experience with the Public
by Young Engineers
A group of young engineers at HK Electric has found a special way to share their thoughts and experience in ensuring safety at work - through a "kung-fu" drama!
The team made its way to the top with this interesting presentation and won the Gold Award in the Safety Management System Award category of the 9th Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Awards in 2010, organised by the Occupational Safety & Health Council, and Labour Department.
The cub engineers were also awarded the Gold Award for the Best Presentation Award with their lively performance which featured the safety management system of Lamma Power Station (LPS).
Mr. Leo Ma, a graduate trainee in LPS, was thrilled with his involvement in the drama and the good response from the audience. "Safety always comes first in the business operation of HK Electric. We are keeping in pace with the ever-changing environment and strive for continuous improvement in our safety culture. We are eager to share this mission with our counterparts and want to send messages home in an interesting and forceful way," Leo said.
HK Electric has adopted the OHSAS 18001 standard in its safety management systems, which are people-oriented and aim at protecting the health and safety of staff, reducing injuries and time loss.
The systems include all-round occupational health and safety checks which involve nearly all tiers of staff, from general managers to engineers, safety personnel and also contractors. When potential threat is identified, it will be reported to the department concerned for immediate follow-up action to avoid occurrence of accidents.
"We chose to present our ideas with a "kung-fu drama" because it echoes with the action-packed motto to "plan, do, check and act". We plan ahead before action, and then we check progress, review situation and follow up as necessary. This prudent approach greatly enhances network and workplace safety and creates a "win-win" situation for all - the public, the Company and staff," Leo explained.