Subject: Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, CAP 509, Laws of Hong Kong.
Section 6: Employers to ensure safety and health of employees
Section 6 of the Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance states - Every employer must, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure the safety and health at work of all the employer's employees.
Cases in which an employer fails to comply with this law can include:
1. Failure to maintain the workplace in a condition that is, so far as reasonably practicable without risks to health; or
2. Failure to provide or maintain a working environment for the employer's employees that is, so far as reasonably practicable, without risks to health.
An employer who fails to comply with these subsections commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $200000, whilst an employer who intentionally, knowingly or recklessly commits fails to comply with these subsections commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $200000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
See also the Labour Department guidelines on Air Impurities in the Workplace:
CASE STUDY 1 – New World First Ferry at Pier 5
The smoke cone left by ferries berthing at Pier 5
Ferry departing - the wind is blowing the dark smoke towards the ferry terminal
As the ferry pulls away, the smoke is blown into the terminal - you can "smell" the fumes
Smoke that isn't blown into Pier 7 blows into adjacent piers, some operated by New World First Ferry
CASE STUDY 2 – Star Ferry at Pier 7
Star Ferries berthing or departing Pier 7 - from the outside
Star Ferries berthing at Pier 7 - from the inside
The spotless railings at Star Ferry Pier 7 - always "clean and shiny"
The clean glove test - conducted on 20 February 2013, by brushing a railing with the glove
Glove before the test
Gloves after four separate tests.
Is this what they call "Particulate Matter"?
The question is, are New World First Ferry and Star Ferry complying with the law in ensuring the provision of a working environment without health risks to their employees, or are they breaking the law?