On 28 April 2023, the Occupational Safety and Occupational Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2023 ("Ordinance") took effect upon gazettal.
Employers who breach the statutory occupational safety and health requirements in Hong Kong will now be subject to significantly higher fines and imprisonment for up to two years.
The Ordinance seeks to enhance the deterrent effect of the occupational safety and health offenses under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Cap. 59) (FIUO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Cap. 509) (OSHO) by increasing the maximum fines for certain offenses. The key changes introduced by the Ordinance include the following:
A 28 April 2023 government press release explained that the Labour Department will continue to adopt a three-pronged approach to promote an occupational, safety and health culture through inspection and enforcement, publicity and promotion, as well as education and training, to reduce the occurrence of accidents.
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