Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Construction, Safety & Built Environment courses
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Architecture, Environment & HousingConstruction, Safety & Built Environment

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
23 Feb 2021 (Tue)
1 year
Teaching and learning materials in English; lectures to be conducted in Cantonese
Course Fee
Course Fee: $25,450 (Subject to review)
All fees are non-refundable.
How to Apply
Deadline on 15 Jan 2021 (Fri)

This is a well-structured programme for those who are working or planning to work in the field of occupational safety and health and wish to become a Registered Safety Officer in Hong Kong.

The Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (Dip in OSH) programme is designed for those who are working, or planning to work, in the field of Occupational Safety and Health and wish to become Registered Safety Officers in Hong Kong. It will provide students with fundamental and comprehensive professional training in dealing with OSH matters, and equip them to participate effectively in resolving OSH problems in both the public and private sectors.

Module title: Occupational Safety and Health CEF Module

Module objectives

This module aims to equip students with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) working knowledge and practice in the work environment, particularly in construction, so that they can formulate and recommend sound measures to deal with OSH related issues.


1. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation in Hong Kong

  • Development of OSH and OSH law
  • General duty of care – employer & employee
  • Worker’s compensation

2. Occupational Diseases in Hong Kong

  • Classification of occupational diseases

3. OSH Management

  • Principles of OSH
  • OSH policies, guidelines and plans
  • OSH management systems
  • Work-related health hazards
  • Loss control management
  • Accident management
  • Major incident analysis
  • OSH organization, promotion and training

4. Measuring and Monitoring Health and Safety

  • Measuring and monitoring techniques
  • Workplace inspection
  • Safety audits


Module title: Occupational Hygiene CEF Module

Module objectives

This module aims at providing basic knowledge on occupational disease prevention, health hazard identification, risk assessment, control measures, and ergonomics in the workplace so that students can develop both strategic and practical approach in reinforcing hygiene practice.


1. Fundamentals of occupational hygiene

2. Principles of occupational hygiene and risk management

3. Hazards recognition and evaluation

  • Chemical, physical and biological hazards in the workplace
  • Evaluation and monitoring techniques
  • Measurement and instrumentation for physical, chemical, and biological hazards

4. Risk Management Techniques and Practices

  • Risk analysis - identification and assessment
  • Prevention and control strategy formulation
  • Managing risks

5. Managing Ergonomics

  • Definitions, principles of ergonomics and applications
  • Managing ergonomic issues in the workplace
  • Risk assessment in manual handling works


Module title: Safety Legislation and Applications

Module objectives

This module aims to teach the basic concepts, general principles and applications of safety legislation in Hong Kong.


1. Hong Kong legal system

2. Safety Legislation

  • Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance & its subsidiary legislation
  • Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance & its subsidiary legislation
  • Introduction to other relevant safety legislations in Hong Kong: Dangerous Goods Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation; Radiation Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation; Air Pollution Control Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation; Boiler and Pressure Vessels Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation; Compensation ordinance such as Employees, Occupational Deafness, and Pneumocionosis and their subsidiary legislations

3. Safety Legislation Applications

  • General duties provision – safety system of work
  • Safe use of lifting appliances and lifting gears
  • Plants and equipment
  • Scaffolds and working platform
  • Fall protection system
  • Works in confined spaces
  • Principles of machine guarding
  • Principles of fire and its preventions
  • Other hazards within the workplace, e.g. woodworking, abrasive wheel, flame cutting & arc welding, excavation, falling objects, electrical safety


Module title: Safety Technologies

Module objectives

This module aims to provide more in-depth technical and operational training in occupational safety and health and hence equip students with abilities to deal with OSH issues at work.


1. Principles of hazard control and management

2. Hazards identification and risk assessment

3. Key elements of workplace design to ensure safe working environment

4. Measurement and instrumentation of workplace hazards

5. Noise and vibration control

6. Personal protective equipment

7. Workplace inspection techniques

8. Accident and accident investigation techniques

9. Human errors in accident causation

10. Accident causation modeling


The syllabuses of the four modules given above are indicative only. The Programme Team have the right to amend any of them whenever necessary.


Graduates, subject to fulfilling requirements for practical experience, are eligible to apply for:

  • Tech IOSH level of membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK
  • Associate Membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene(HKIOEH)

The Programme has been recognised for the purpose of registration of safety officers under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) Regulations.

Application Code 1870-HB026A -

  • Normally twice a week, 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
    There are two 14-week semesters.

Applicants shall:


i) have gained in the HKCEE grade E in 3 subjects, level 2 in Chinese Language* and Level 3 in English Language *; or

ii) have gained in the HKDSE Examination level 2 in 4 subjects (including Chinese Language) and Level 3 in English Language; or

iii) be aged at least 23 and have gained Level 3 in English Language either in HKCEE* or HKDSE Examination.


b) have 2 years of relevant work experience.

Applicants who do not possess the English requirement listed above are required to provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

- a score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ; or

- an overall band of 6.0 in the IELTS; or

- equivalent qualifications.

Those without proven English proficiency may be admitted on the condition that they have to successfully complete an additional English module approved by the Admission Committee.

*With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognises Grade E previously awarded for Chinese Language at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in this subject at HKCEE. As for English Language, Grade C (Syllabus B) obtained before 2007 is recognised as Level 3 obtained in or after 2007.

Application Fee


Course Fee
  • Course Fee: $25,450 (Subject to review)
    All fees are non-refundable.
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Occupational Hygiene (Module from Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health programme)
COURSE CODE 25Z03863-0 FEES $7,500 ENQUIRY 2508-8869
Occupational Safety and Health (Module from Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health programme)
COURSE CODE 25Z03862-2 FEES $7,500 ENQUIRY 2508-8869
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit http://www.ppshk.com.

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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The School (and its respective employees and subsidiaries) is not liable for any loss or damage in connection with any online payments made by you by reason of (i) any failure, delay, interruption, suspension or restriction of the transmission of any information or message from any payment gateways of the relevant banks and/or third party merchants for processing credit/debit/smart card or other payment facilitation mechanism; (ii) any negligence, mistake, error in or omission from any information or message transmitted from the said payment gateways; (iii) any breakdown, malfunction or failure of those gateways in effecting online payment service or (iv) anything arisen out of or in connection with the said payment gateways, including but not limited to unauthorised access to or alternation of the transmission of data or any unlawful act not permitted by the law.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.