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Reform to the Hong Kong occupational safety regime and what it means to you

Event organised by ICE

Date
22 November 2023
Time
19:00 - 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)
Location
Online

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Overview

The Hong Kong Government has for years viewed reform to the Hong Kong’s occupational safety regime as the solution to reducing industrial accidents. The Occupational Safety and Occupational Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2022 was passed on 19 April 2023, resulting in dramatic changes to the consequences of a person being convicted of occupational safety and health (OSH) offences.

The new regime means penalties for both employers and employees have taken a great leap and, together with the reform, the Labour Department had also pledged to step up enforcement in pursuing individual liability (including director’s and co-workers’ liability). The most drastic changes would be the introduction of indictment, meaning offences can be tried in district or even high court. Under the new regime, consultant engineers, independent checking engineers, are no longer “immune” from being prosecuted (as a firm or as an individual) of an OSH offence, and are therefore exposed to the risk faced by contractors.

Notes:

  • Registration will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Only successful applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • Attendance certificates will be provided after 2 weeks of the event only if attendees attend the whole event.
  • The above is subject to change without prior notice

Technical Report Prize:

This event is designated by the HKA committee and is eligible for the Technical Report Prize. ICE HKA awards prizes are for ICE members who reside in Hong Kong and prepare reports of a high standard on the caption technical event. Winners will be given a prize of HKD $500.00.

For the eligibility criteria and more information about the prize, please visit the ICE website (ICE Hong Kong Awards | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)). Submit your report and information to [email protected] by 21 December 2023 and win the prize!

Co-organiser

Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj)

Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj)

The Institute was founded by a group of professional engineers, surveyors, architects and legal practitioners with profound adjudication knowledge and experience. It aims at promoting adjudication in the construction industry in Hong Kong.

Speaker

Hinson Cheung

Hinson Cheung

Pinsent Masons

Partner

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Hinson Cheung

Hinson specialises in construction and engineering law. He is also a dual qualified as quantity surveyor with 20 years experience in construction administration and law. Hinson is a member of the HKIS, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of the HKIA & HKIS Joint Panel of Arbitrators and HKIS Panel of Adjudicators. Hinson is a solicitor advocate having been granted Higher Rights of Audience to advocate in the Hong Kong courts up to Court of Final Appeal. Hinson is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU, delivering construction and arbitration law lectures to post-graduate.

Hinson has practiced handling health and safety cases for more than 10 years and has handled more than 300 summonses and various magistracy appeals, including the most complex and high-profile cases in Hong Kong. Other than H&S cases He is also experienced in other regulatory enforcement cases such as those related to the ICAC and attending dawn raids and warrant searches.

For more information please contact:

Crystal Fung

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