Industrial Hygiene

Sick buildings at University of Hong Kong need safety check

The University of Hong Kong has a duty to provide a healthy work and study environment for its staff and students. It is expected to conduct regular safety checks on the campus, fix the problems identified and keep the students and staff informed.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 2:26am

Fractured arm puts Suen in hospital

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung was admitted to hospital yesterday with a broken arm following a fall at his home.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau said Suen, 68, was in a stable condition and would stay in hospital for the next two days.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Worker wins HK$0.5m for exposure to chemical

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Suen fully recovered from legionnaires' bug

Education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung returned to his office at government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday, saying he had fully recovered from legionnaires' disease. This was despite the minister needing an extra day of sick leave after initially resuming work on Monday.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ministers may lose their private toilets to beat bug

Unused water pipes and taps may be disconnected from the water supply at the new government headquarters in Admiralty to prevent the growth of legionella or other bacteria, lawmakers were told yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Water is declared safe after bug alert

The water at the new government headquarters in Admiralty is safe to use, a microbiology specialist says, after tests conducted following disinfection found all but one of more than 200 samples free of a potentially fatal bacteria.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Breathe easy - chances are you'll never catch it

Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung was among 17 reported cases of legionnaires' disease last year, the seventh straight year in which case figures have hit double digits.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tang denies knowledge over Tamar bug

Former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said he had no idea why legionella bacteria had been found at the new government headquarters in Admiralty, while his chief-executive-race rival Leung Chun-ying said someone should be held responsible if human error was found to be the cause.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bug scare prompts vow to review inspections

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has promised to include testing for the legionella bacteria in new buildings in a review of inspection guidelines.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health scare offers a timely reminder

Legionnaires' disease is an illness about which we know a great deal - how it occurs, who is vulnerable, how to prevent it, the symptoms and treatment.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Haste 'didn't cause bug' at government HQ

Hong Kong's health chief has dismissed suggestions that the rush to finish building the government headquarters in Admiralty last year could have played a part in the recent bacterial contamination there.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deadly bacteria found

Deadly bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease - a severe form of pneumonia - were found in the chief executive's office at the new HK$5.5 billion Tamar government headquarters, in Central, the Centre for Health Protection said.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deadly bacteria found in chief executive's office

The chief executive's office is among several sites at the new HK$5.5 billion Tamar government headquarters where the bacteria that causes legionnaires' disease have been detected, the Centre for Health Protection said last night.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deadly levels of killer bug found in 15 buildings

Dangerous levels of legionnaires' disease were found in more than three per cent of the buildings inspected in the last eight months, according to government data.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Suen's recovered, but fear of deadly bug persists

Education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung was released from hospital yesterday after a 12-day bout with legionnaires' disease.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am