Policy Statement On Occupational Safety And Health
The Intellectual Property Department seeks to achieve a high standard of work safety and efficiency. We are firmly committed to ensuring an environment which is safe and without risk to the health of all our staff at work as well as visiting members of the public on our premises.
1. To achieve the goal of safety and health at work, the Department will implement a departmental health and safety management system to:
(a) provide and maintain working environments, equipment and systems of work which are safe and without risk to health;
(b) take all reasonable steps to eliminate safety and health hazards in the Department's operation, and where this is not reasonably practicable, to devise procedures and guidelines to reduce such hazards to an acceptable level. Unsafe conditions and practices once identified, should be rectified as soon as possible;
(c) provide information, instruction, training and supervision for staff as required to achieve our objective, with particular attention to work involving computers;
(d) pay special attention and provide advice to colleagues with special needs, such as disabled colleagues or female colleagues during pregnancy; and
(e) educate and promote health and safety awareness.
2. We expect all staff to co-operate and participate in the implementation of the departmental safety and health management system and to assume responsibility in protecting their own safety and health as well as those of other staff members. Everyone has a responsibility to report any potential hazard to the registry heads or the Administration Unit.
3. The implementation of the departmental safety management system will be monitored by the Departmental Consultative Committee.
4. To achieve continuous improvement, we shall regularly review the safety and health policy, the safety management system and its implementation.