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1. How can I become a Registered Safety Auditor?
   
 

In order to apply to become a Registered Safety Auditor under the legislation you need to meet the following criteria

1) You must be a Registered Safety Officer,

2) You should possess at least 3 out of 5 years full time post registration safety management experience immediately prior to application,

3) You should be occupying the safety management post at time of making your application,

4) You should hold a valid certificate issued by a recognized Safety Auditor Training Scheme operator, and

5) You must have a good understanding of the legislation in Hong Kong relating to industrial safety and health matters.

For details please obtain a booklet called "Guidance Notes for Registration as a Safety Auditor under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Management) Regulation" from the Labour Department

   
2. The F&IU (SM) Regulations did not specify what training should a Safety Reviewer possess? Does it mean I can appoint anyone to conduct the safety review?
 
   

It is true that the regulation did not spell out the specific qualification or requirement of a Safety Reviewer. Nevertheless, it is not unreasonable to assume that the Safety Reviewer should have received training in Safety Auditing or more specifically trained as a Safety Reviewer.

On the market there are Safety Reviewer courses available. These organizers are credible training facilities e.g. HK Productivity Centre, Construction Industry Training Centre, Occupational Safety & Health Council. You can contact them to obtain more detail information about the schedule and the fees.

On top of the Safety Audit or Safety Review training, one should also have good knowledge of the operation and the applicable safety and health legislations, code of practice, trade practice etc. so that the evaluation can be effectively conducted and pragmatic recommendations can be offered.

   
3. Do I need an auditing package to conduct the safety audit?
   
 

There is no strict requirement on using which auditing packages/tools under the legislation. However some contract specification request to use a particular audit tools e.g. ISAS for government projects.

The purpose of an auditing package is to assist and guide the auditor through the safety management system requirements during the audit. It can also serves as a guideline for the auditee to establish the safety management system and to follow up on certain issues.

Good auditing tools should be user friendly and coupled with some handy functions to facilitate the auditor in preparing his/her report e.g. score calculation, prepare charts, produce summaries etc.

Nevertheless those ready-to-buy auditing packages were written to serve the general circumstance which may not meet particular requirements or procedures. In that case special audit tools may be required.

   
4. The F&IU (SM) Regulation asks for a 14 elements safety management system to be in place. Our company is currently adopting a 30 elements management system which include most of the 14 elements. Please advice whether we should change over to the 14 elements safety management system as prescribed under legislation or we should maintain our existing system.
 
 
 
 
   
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