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LegCo Public Accounts Committee to hold public hearing next Monday

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LegCo Public Accounts Committee to hold public hearing next Monday
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LegCo Public Accounts Committee to hold public hearing next Monday

2024-05-17 11:45 Last Updated At:05-18 01:36

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The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:

The Legislative Council (LegCo) Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will hold a public hearing on "Provision and monitoring of Rehabus services" (Chapter 5) of the Director of Audit's Report No. 82 next Monday (May 20) at 9am in Conference Room 1 of the LegCo Complex.

Seven witnesses have been invited to appear before the above hearing to respond to points raised in the Report and answer questions asked by PAC members.

The programme for the public hearing is as follows:

Subject: Provision and monitoring of Rehabus services (Chapter 5 of the Director of Audit's Report No.82)

Date: May 20 (Monday)

Time: 9am

Venue: Conference Room 1

Witnesses:

Mr Chris Sun

Secretary for Labour and Welfare

Miss Vega Wong

Commissioner for Rehabilitation

Labour and Welfare Bureau

Ms Susan Chan

Assistant Commissioner for Rehabilitation

Labour and Welfare Bureau

Ms Angela Lee

Commissioner for Transport

Ms Louisa Fung

Assistant Commissioner/

Management and Paratransit

Transport Department

Mr Curtis Chiu

Principal Transport Officer/

Ferry and Paratransit

Transport Department

Ms Christine Yuen

Chief Transport Officer/

Planning/Disabled Transport

Transport Department

The PAC is chaired by Mr Shiu Ka-fai, and its Deputy Chairman is Mr Paul Tse. Other members are Ms Yung Hoi-yan, Mr Luk Chung-hung, Mr Edmund Wong, Mr Louis Loong and Ms Carmen Kan.

Labour department issues heat stress warning: employers and employees urged to take preventive measures to avoid heat stroke at work

As the Heat Stress at Work Warning is now in effect, the Labour Department (LD) reminds employers and employees to take appropriate measures during the effective period of the warning to prevent heat stroke when working in hot weather or hot environments.

Employees who work outdoors or in non-air-conditioned indoor environments face high levels of heat stress and are at a relatively higher risk of heat stroke. Employers should assess the risk factors of heat stress for employees at work and, based on the identified risk factors, take necessary preventive and control measures, including rescheduling work periods, setting up shading covers, providing ventilation and heat dissipation equipment, and reminding employees to replenish water and rest in a timely manner.

The Heat Stress at Work Warning is formulated by the LD based on the Hong Kong Heat Index. There are three levels of the warning: Amber, Red and Black, which help employers and employees better understand the level of heat stress while working outdoors or indoors without air-conditioning systems.

A spokesman for the LD said that when the department issues the Heat Stress at Work Warning, employers must refer to the criteria and recommendations provided in the "Guidance Notes on Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work" to conduct risk assessments, according to the workloads and other relevant heat stress risk factors, for employees who work outdoors or in non-air-conditioned indoor workplaces. Appropriate rest breaks should be arranged every hour, as far as reasonably practicable, based on various levels of the Heat Stress at Work Warning, to reduce employees' risk of heat stroke.

Employees must also follow instructions to rest on time. Whenever there are any symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as headache, dizziness, thirst, and nausea, they should rest in a cool and shady place, drink water, and inform employers/supervisors to take appropriate action immediately.

The LD issued the "Guidance Notes on Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work", detailing the various risk factors that should be considered when conducting heat stress risk assessments and recommending corresponding control measures for identified risk factors for employers' and employees' reference. For the Heat Stress at Work Warning and related guidelines, please refer to the department's thematic webpage: www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/prevention_of_heat_stroke_at_work.htm.

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