MORE than 100 extra inspectors are to patrol construction sites and factories as part of a crackdown on industrial safety, it was revealed yesterday. Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said 66 extra posts would be created from April and 29 at a later date. A further 12 inspectors in the Labour Department's training department will be redeployed to the control and enforcement division when the Occupational Safety and Health Council takes over the teaching role. The move, to cost $36.7 million a year, follows an official review on health and safety in the workplace which recommends tougher and more comprehensive safety laws. Mr Wong said the administration would implement the review's recommendations. But all the suggestions made during a six-week public consultation period which closed at the end of September have been rejected. Mr Wong said a bill would be introduced in May which would force factory owners and contractors to set up stringent safety management systems. These include the formation of safety committees for construction sites, shipyards and factories with more than 100 employees. Contractors working on projects worth more than $100 million will have to carry out regular safety audits, while firms and shipyards employing between 50 and 99 people will have to review safety periodically. About 150 construction firms and 420 other industrial companies will be affected by the new regulations. Mr Wong said the ultimate goal was self-regulation and partnership between proprietors and their workforces to uphold safety. Amendments will be made to existing laws so Labour Department inspectors can stop any construction or industrial work they consider dangerous. Another bill, protecting the health and safety of white-collar workers, would also be introduced into the Legislative Council during the 1995-96 session, the Secretary said. Safety experts generally welcomed the proposals saying they would increase the level of public awareness. Occupational Safety and Health Council executive director Yip Yuk-lun said the Government needed to introduce controls to ensure contractors and factories carried out safety audits. 'We will also be very interested to learn how the Labour Department intends to redeploy the additional staff,' he said.