Frequently Asked Questions on Occupational Safety and Health
Registration of Safety Officer and Safety Auditor
 
Q1.
What qualifications are required for registration as a safety officer? Answer  
Q2.
How do I apply to become a registered safety officer?Answer
Q3. Is it necessary to renew the registration of a safety officer?Answer
Q4. I am a safety officer registered before the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) (Amendment) Regulation 2001 came into operation. Is my registration still valid?Answer
Q5. How do I renew my registration as a safety officer?Answer
Q6. How do I revalidate my registration as a safety officer?Answer
Q7. Is there any prerequisite for renewal/revalidation of registration of a safety officer?Answer
Q8. What qualifications are required and how can I apply for registration as a registered safety auditor?Answer
Q9. Are there organizations offering safety auditor training schemes?Answer

 
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Q1. What qualifications are required for registration as a safety officer?
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Pursuant to Regulations 5(1) and 5(2) of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) Regulations (SOSSR), Chapter 59Z, to be qualified for registration as a safety officer, a person must possess the scheduled qualifications as specified in the Third Schedule of SOSSR. For registration as a safety officer for construction sites, scheduled qualification A,B, C or D is required while for registration as a safety officer for shipyards or container handling workplaces, scheduled qualification A,B or C is required.

However, pursuant to Regulation 5(3) of the SOSSR, a person without a scheduled qualification but serving as a full time safety officer in the container handling industry immediately before 2 January 2004 (the date from which the SOSSR applies to the container handling industry) can also apply to the Commissioner for Labour for registration within the 12 months after that date.

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Q2. How do I apply to become a registered safety officer?
A2.

Application to become a registered safety officer under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) Regulations should be made in Form 1 (PDF) and submitted to the Registration and Staff Training Division at Unit 1227, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon. For details, please refer to "How to apply for registration as a Safety Officer".

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Q3. Is it necessary to renew the registration of a safety officer?
A3.

Yes. Under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) (Amendment) Regulation 2001, the registration of a safety officer is valid for 4 years. A safety officer shall renew his/her registration before expiration in order that his/her registration will continue to have effect.

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Q4. I am a safety officer registered before the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) (Amendment) Regulation 2001 came into operation. Is my registration still valid?
A4.

A safety officer registered before the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) (Amendment) Regulation 2001 came into operation on 7 June 2002 is deemed to be registered on that date and is valid for 4 years. Therefore, your registration has expired on 7 June 2006.

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Q5. How do I renew my registration as a safety officer?
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You should apply to the Commissioner for Labour for renewal of your registration prior to but not earlier than 9 months before your registration expires. Application for renewal of registration shall be made in Form 6 (PDF) and submitted to the Registration and Staff Training Division at Unit 1227, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

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Q6. How do I revalidate my registration as a safety officer?
A6.

When your registration has expired and ceased to have effect, you should apply to the Commissioner for Labour for revalidation of your registration. Application for revalidation of registration shall be made in Form 6 (PDF) and submitted to the Registration and Staff Training Division at Unit 1227, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

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Q7. Is there any prerequisite for renewal/revalidation of registration of a safety officer?
A7.

Yes. A registered safety officer shall satisfy the Commissioner for Labour that he/she has completed a total of not less than 100 hours of Continuing Professional Development Programme in occupational safety and health in the 4 years immediately preceding his/her application in order that his/her application for renewal/revalidation can be approved. For guidance, please refer to "Guidance Notes on Continuing Professional Development Programmes under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) Regulations"

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Q8. What qualifications are required and how can I apply for registration as a registered safety auditor?
A8.

A person is eligible for registration as a safety auditor if he/she complies with the requirements specified in Schedule 1 of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Management) Regulation, Chapter 59AF. Application should be made in Form 1 (PDF) and submitted to the Registration and Staff Training Division at Unit 1227, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

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Q9. Are there organizations offering safety auditor training schemes?
A9.

The Commissioner for Labour has registered a number of scheme operators offering safety auditor training schemes. For attendance in these schemes, please approach the scheme operators direct.

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