Firm's focus on safety is a winner

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2009, 12:00am

Hang Yick Properties Management has taken a holistic approach to the development of its training programme.

It aims to enhance awareness of occupational safety and health issues among its staff and business partners.

In the 'Wild about Safety' training programme, launched in 2007, the company introduced tai chi exercises and mental-health courses, said Suen Kwok-lam, executive director of Henderson Land Development, which owns Hang Yick.

These courses were in addition to a series of programmes on occupational safety and health.

'The 'Wild about Safety' programme catered for staff at all levels at Hang Yick, covering a comprehensive range of skills and topics for employees in different divisions,' Mr Suen said.

The programme attracted tenants, contractors and other business partners of Hang Yick.

'We kicked off the programme by designating 2007 as the 'Year of Safety', with an inaugural ceremony in which we committed to implement measures for workplace safety and health,' Mr Suen said.

Hang Yick also formed the occupational safety and health ambassador team.

The course on accident investigation teaches employees to identify the cause of an accident and develop preventive measures. The company also launched a training course for staff who wanted to become safety and health supervisors, tasked with checking and ensuring all staff apply the skills they have learned from the 'Wild about Safety' programme.

Although most employees supported the programme, some cast doubts on its usefulness. 'We changed their mindset through continuous communication internally,' he said.

After completion of the training programme, the number of injuries and accidents at Hang Yick's workplace decreased by 25 per cent, Mr Suen said.

The number of sick leave related to injuries sustained by employees at work dropped to 535 days last year from 1,896 days before the launch of the programme.