Occupational Safety and Health

Better Work safety programme bars Bangladesh over its weak labour laws

The Rana Plaza factory building that collapsed. Bangladesh is urged to improve its labour laws and conditions for unions. Photo: Reuters

The International Labour Organisation and World Bank have refused to let Bangladesh join a textile industry monitoring programme until the country overhauls its labour laws and conditions for unions improve, according to a top ILO official.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 8:06am

Letters to the Editor, May 13, 2013

Angela Merkel's austerity measures are right. Photo: AFP

Thousands turned out for May day marches on May 1, because so many workers in Hong Kong believe they are being poorly treated.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 4 comments

It's safer on the police beat, and that's no accident

It's safer on the police beat, and that's no accident

Fewer officers have been injured and motorcycle incidents are at the lowest level since records started in 1997, a reflection of successful efforts by the force to reduce accidents at work, a police report says.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am

Grim fate of migrant workers maimed in China's 'black factories'

Liang Jun (left), a printing worker, and Li Jiangping, an air-conditioner mechanic, were injured on the job in Foshan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Ou Changqun's right arm remains crooked after seven operations to reattach her forearm, which was torn off by a steel-spring punching machine two years ago.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:47am 2 comments

City Digest: September 13, 2012

Court date for cabbie accused of fare scam

A taxi driver accused of overcharging an undercover policeman posing as a tourist will appear in Kowloon City Court tomorrow. The 48-year-old man allegedly charged his passenger HK$100 for a HK$50 trip on Tuesday night then drove away after being handed a HK$500 note.

Private doctor ticked off for allergy blunder

13 Sep 2012 - 4:44pm

Students barred from new HKU hostel over air quality fears

A worker on the roof of the hostel building in Kennedy Town, which has been hit by fears over the indoor air quality and has led to students moving into hotels. Photo: David Wong

The University of Hong Kong may have underestimated the scale of the indoor air quality problem in its much-delayed new hostel and could face soaring bills to accommodate students unable to move in.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

Labour Department probes HKU over air-quality complaints at new campus

HKU's new Centennial Campus in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Labour Department is investigating whether University of Hong Kong violated workplace safety regulations after high formaldehyde levels in new office furniture was blamed for making numerous employees ill.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

HKU criticised for moving staff into building site

An office at the new HKU campus where academics have fallen.

Health hazards plaguing the University of Hong Kong's new campus could damage its hopes of having the development win top-level green building status, experts say.

The university has faced mounting pressure over its decision to move staff into its Centennial Campus before its completion, exposing them to high levels of legionella bacteria and the carcinogen formaldehyde.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Professor accuses HKU of secrecy over formaldehyde threat on new campus

The University of Hong Kong has been accused of withholding information about the seriousness of health hazards on its new campus, which have made academic staff ill and may affect thousands of students who will enrol next month.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:00am

Group demands action on condition of squatter huts

A new advocacy group is calling for a government task force to address safety issues of squatter huts made all the more apparent by the recent signal No 10 typhoon.

The Squatter Huts Concern Group urged the administration to tackle this long-standing problem by either phasing the structures out or improving their condition.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Batsman smashes India's cancer of silence

It can't be confirmed, but it's almost universally believed in India that the country's most famous politician, Sonia Gandhi, went to the US last year for cancer treatment. She, her family and her ruling Congress Party are silent on the subject.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Five million ART reproductions

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Help inspires hope

The saying 'misfortunes never come singly' is an apt description of Ng Kam-mui's life in recent years. First, her husband fell victim to cancer and became so depressed he killed himself. Not long after that, Ng herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asbestos dangers must be disclosed

The danger caused by asbestos released from old buildings during demolition has been well recognised around the world. The cancer-causing fibres can remain airborne for a long period, while diseases may not appear for 40 years.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asbestos scare halts work

Asbestos may have been released into the air near schools and homes after a consultant wrongly claimed the carcinogenic substance was not present in a government building before demolition work began.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am