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Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

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Study mode
Start Date
24 Sep 2024 (Tue)
1 year
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Deadline on 03 Sep 2024 (Tue)
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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.

Programme Details

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.

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  • Normally twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday), 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
    There are two 17-week semesters.

Progression Path


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HK$29,400

Entry Requirements

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.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Occupational Hygiene (Module from Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health programme)
COURSE CODE 31Z147783 FEES $7,500 ENQUIRY 2508-8869
Occupational Safety and Health (Module from Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health programme)
COURSE CODE 31Z147775 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])


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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay 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 specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • 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, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • 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 team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. 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.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, 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.