Occupational hazards exist in the working environment and practices of different industry, including social services which their risks have always been overlooked. An effective OHS management and a concerning culture are vital to enhance workers’ awareness in hazards prevention, to eliminate the possibility of illnesses and injuries, and thereby resulting in productivity increase with a win-win to both workers and employers.
While in order to enhance participation of all workers in internal OHS improvement in the organization, the project is supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to encourage employers, management and workers work together to build a positive occupational health and safety culture. The project adopts the “Participatory Occupational Health and Safety Improvement (POHSI)” approach to achieve the goals as follow:
- Enrich worker’s knowledge of occupational hazards prevention and encourage workers to participate in internal OHS discussions and improvement through participatory training workshops.
- Train workers to be OHS ambassadors to promote concerning messages and information.
- Develop OHS Committee to strengthen communication and cooperation between workers and management team for a healthy work environment.
- Assist the organization to establish a sustainable OHS management system so as to develop a satisfying OHS culture
Participatory Occupational Health and Safety Improvement service includes diverse elements for various target groups. In this project, we will provide:
- Preliminary Walk-through Survey
- Identify and assess possible occupational hazards which may cause occupational injuries and diseases in the workplace
- Provide advice in accordance with the hazards found and to ensure workers’ occupational health and safety level
- Participatory Occupational Health and Safety Improvement Training Workshop
- Design training materials according to different industry to enhance workers’ awareness in OHS prevention
- Encourage workers’ involvement in training and to discuss existing OHS problems through workplace inspection practices, group discussions and inspiring activities.
- Capacity Building Workshop for Occupational Health and Safety Committee and OHS Ambassadors
- Invite worker representatives to be OHS ambassadors and members of the OHS committee to help promote OHS culture in the organization. They act as a bridge to enhance connection and communication on OHS topics between employers, management team and frontline workers
- Encourage workers who are familiar with the working routine and environment to join the committee, to point out OHS problems, to increase feasibility and practicability of improvement practices proposed, and raise the morale and sense of belonging of workers toward the organization.
- Establish Occupational Health and Safety committee to monitor and follow-up the OHS problems in the organization regularly.
- Provide Occupational Health and Safety ambassadors’ capacity building workshop to enrich their Occupational Health and Safety knowledge.
- Follow-up service
- Evaluate the impact of the improvement practices, to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the practices.
- Provide OHS information through hotline and supporting service to workers who suspect suffering from occupational diseases.