An assessment of the implementation of industrial safety policies in Hong Kong

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An assessment of the implementation of industrial safety policies in Hong Kong

 

Author: Yeung, Koon Chuen
Title: An assessment of the implementation of industrial safety policies in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Industrial safety -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: vi, 176 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1421106
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2441
Abstract: The issue of industrial safety is causing a growing concern. With the happening of the worst ever construction site accident in 1993 when a passenger hoist loaded with 12 workers collapsed at North Point, coupled with the declared interest of the Governor-Christopher Patten, implementers have to accord more priority to the industrial safety policies. By viewing the issue from four different perspectives, i.e. the policy, the implementers and the implementation structure, resources allocation, and environmental factors, the present research aims at examining how these key variables affect the implementation process of industrial safety policies and delineating the problems inherent in the process. Also the work of those implementing agencies will be reviewed and their interaction with one another in shaping the outcomes of the policy process will be examined. Practical strategies are suggested at the end in view of the problems identified. From the study, it comes to light that success of a policy depends very much on how it is implemented. Policies beautifully laid down do not necessarily mean that they can be efficiently or effectively implemented. Good policies and well-meaning safety initiatives will be of no consequence unless they are properly and effectively implemented, and reviewed as time goes by. To date, the approach to industrial safety in Hong Kong by various implementing agencies appears to be a piecemeal one. If real progress is to be made in reducing the industrial rates in Hong Kong, it is necessary for all existing safety initiatives of different organizations to be assessed and coordinated so that a common approach can be applied and seen to be effective. It is believed that the genuine improvement of industrial safety policy in Hong Kong will not be forth coming without a paradigm shift in the perceived importance of safety at work by the whole society.

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