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Employers, contractors and employees should be aware of electrical safety at work during rainstorm

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Employers, contractors and employees should be aware of electrical safety at work during rainstorm
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Employers, contractors and employees should be aware of electrical safety at work during rainstorm

2024-05-24 12:12 Last Updated At:12:28

Stay safe at work: the importance of electrical safety in rainstorms for employers, contractors, and employees

As the rainstorm warning has been issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Labour Department (LD) reminds employers and contractors that they should adopt necessary work arrangements and take suitable safety measures to protect the safety of their employees when they are carrying out electrical work or handling electrical plant.

A spokesman for the LD said today (May 24) that employers and contractors should avoid assigning employees to carry out electrical work (like electric arc welding work) or handle electrical plant at places affected by rainstorms, and should refer to the "Code of Practice in Times of Adverse Weather and 'Extreme Conditions'" and the "Guide on Safety at Work in times of Inclement Weather" issued by the LD.

Even if electrical work is carried out or electrical plant is handled at places not affected by the rainstorm, suitable safety measures must still be adopted to prevent electric shock as the air would be more humid. Such measures include:

(i) Ensure that all live parts of an electrical installation are isolated from the power supply source and rendered dead, and the isolation from the power supply source must be maintained as long as electrical work is being carried out;

(ii) Before carrying out any electrical work or handling any electrical plant, cut off and lock out the power supply source, then test the circuit concerned to confirm it is dead and display suitable warning notices, and issue a work permit thereafter;

(iii) Ensure that protective devices (such as suitable and adequate fuses and circuit breakers) for the electrical installations or electrical plant have been installed and maintained in good working order, and portable electric tools must be double-insulated or properly earthed;

(iv) Provide suitable personal protective equipment such as insulating gloves and insulating mats for employees; and

(v) If live electrical work is unavoidable, a comprehensive risk assessment should be conducted by a competent person and the appropriate safety precautions should be taken to remove or properly control the electrical hazards involved before such work can proceed.

In addition, employees should co-operate with the employer or contractor to follow the safety instructions and use the safety equipment provided.

The LD has published guidebooks and leaflets on electrical work safety. These safety publications are available free from divisional offices of the department or can be downloaded from its website (www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/content2_8.htm).

Should there be any questions about occupational safety and health matters, please contact the Occupational Safety Officer of the LD at 2559 2297.

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Taco cracks down on illegal smoking in public transportation facilities, issues 80 fines

The Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office (TACO) of the Department of Health (DH) stepped up enforcement actions against illegal smoking in statutory no-smoking areas of public transportation facilities and bus interchanges on June 19 and 20 and today (June 25). During the operations, officers conducted 116 inspections and issued fixed penalty notices to 80 persons caught smoking illegally, including drivers of public transport carriers. Officers also publicised the relevant smoking ban regulations to members of the public.

There are currently 260 public transportation facilities and 14 bus interchanges designated as no-smoking areas. The no-smoking areas are clearly marked with visible no-smoking signage. The boundaries of the no-smoking areas are also delineated in a clear manner based on the actual physical environment to remind the public to comply with the smoking prohibition. The plans depicting the boundaries of the no-smoking areas have been uploaded to the TACO website for public reference.

From January 2021 to April 2024, TACO has conducted over 16 570 inspections at public transportation facilities and bus interchanges regarding smoking offences, and issued more than 6 700 fixed penalty notices/summons.

"To protect public health, it is the established policy of the Government to discourage smoking, contain the proliferation of tobacco use and protect the public from second-hand smoke. Strengthening inspections and enforcement in public transportation facilities aims to further protect the public from the harms of second-hand smoke," a spokesman for the DH said.

Any person who does a smoking act in no-smoking areas will be liable to a fixed penalty of $1,500. TACO inspectors will prosecute smoking offenders without prior warning.

"We appeal to smokers to quit smoking as early as possible for their own health and that of others. They are encouraged to call the DH's Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline at 1833 183. The hotline is operated by registered nurses, providing professional counselling services on smoking cessation," the spokesman said.

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