TISAG H&S Professional & Technical Skills Seminars 2023

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The University of California (UC) EHS specialist team gave two TISAG H&S Professional & Technical Skills Seminars which attracted a total of 128 attendees, including 60 from HKUST Clear Water Bay campus, and 19 from HKUST Guangzhou Campus and institutions in the mainland, and 49 from TISAG and other external parties.


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Tertiary Institutions Safety Advisory Group (TISAG) will co-host the H&S Professional & Technical Skills Seminars at the HKUST campus on 7 and 9 March 2023. Three H&S specialists from the University of California (UC) have been invited to deliver a two-day program in Hong Kong.

This event is one of the first significant in-person gatherings of H&S professionals in Hong Kong's higher education sector since COVID-19, providing attendees with essential educational and networking opportunities. The UC specialists are dedicated to imparting their expertise to the attendees and giving them new insights into the strategies and skills for improving occupational H&S standards.


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was established in 1991. It was founded with a vision to build a new, research-focused university to support Hong Kong's goal as a hub of finance and technological advancement in Asia.

The Tertiary Institutions Safety Advisory Group (TISAG) is a working group formed by tertiary academic institutions in Hong Kong in 1995 to focus on addressing common H&S and environmental problems and to work together on possible solutions. It has been meeting on a regular basis for the past 28 years and provides a common professional forum for university safety practitioners to address regulatory matters with various governmental agencies.

Chair of Seminars

Prof. Samuel Yu, Director of Health, Safety & Environment, HKUST


TISAG H&S Professional Skills Seminar on Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Introduction to professional (“soft”) skills, safety culture, accident investigations, and core competencies that enhance technical skills within the health and safety profession

HKUST staff: free of charge (lunch not included)

Non-HKUST members: HKD 900 per person (lunch is included)

Room 1103, 1/F, Academic Building, HKUST

Maximum 60 attendees

6 CPD hours (attendees shall stay for the entire seminar in order to receive an attendance certificate)

Conducted in English

09:30 - 12:30

Presentation 1: Safety culture

by Dr. Janette Ducut, UC

Topics: Safety systems (UC best practices, workgroups, Center of Excellence program), and H&S professional credibility.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 16:00

Presentation 2: Core competencies (“soft skills”)

by Dr. Janette Ducut, UC

Topics: Communication, influence & negotiation, management techniques, and case studies (e.g., PPE, unresolved violations, etc.).

Presentation 3: Accident Investigations

by Dr. Janette Ducut, UC

Topics: Root cause analysis, interview scenario, and Swiss cheese model.




TISAG H&S Technical Skills Seminar on Thursday, 9 March 2023

Overview of advanced technical skills for management in health & safety

HKUST staff: free of charge (lunch not included)

Non-HKUST members: HKD 800 per person (lunch is included)

Lam Woo Lecture Theater B, 1/F, Academic Building, HKUST

Maximum 120 attendees

6 CPD hours (attendees shall stay for the entire seminar in order to receive an attendance certificate)

Conducted in English

09:30 - 12:30

Presentation 1: EH&S Management

by Mr. Larry Wong, UC

Topics: Strategic planning, staffing, and square footage.

Presentation 2: Food hygiene for supervisors/managers

by Ms. Tiffany Kwok, UC

Topics: Contamination prevention, employee practices, food handling practices, cleaning and sanitizing, facility management, and recordkeeping.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 17:00

Presentation 3: EH&S system

by Dr. Janette Ducut, UC

Topics: Inputs, outcomes, and metrics.

Presentation 4: Laboratory accreditation

by Ms. Tiffany Kwok, UC

Topics: Biological safety programs, and Animal Care and Use Accreditation.

Presentation 5: Incidents / Accidents Lessons Learned

by Mr. Larry Wong, UC

Topics: Corrective actions, H&S program elements, and samples.




Mr. Larry Wong, CIH, FAIHA

Former Associate EH&S Director, University of California

Larry Wong has worked in the environmental health and safety field for 49 years. In 2019 he retired as the Associate EH&S Director for the University of California Office of the President. As the Associate Director, Mr. Wong provided technical and administrative guidance to all 10 UC campus and also represented the University of California system at several governmental board meetings. He has also served as the EH&S Director at 4 UC campuses and at San Francisco State University.

Before coming to the University of California, Mr. Wong was a Section Chief with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Prior to that position, he was an industrial hygienist with Cal/OSHA.

Mr. Wong is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and is an American Industrial Hygiene Association Fellow. Larry is a graduate of the UC Berkeley. He is currently an adjunct EH&S instructor for UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Labor Occupational Health Program.


Dr. Janette De La Rosa Ducut, Ed.D.

Training Director, University of California, Riverside

Janette de la Rosa Ducut, Ed.D. has over 20 years of experience in management, education, and training in a regulated environment; most recently serving in leadership positions within the University of California. Over the past decade she has changed the way universities provide training by publishing hundreds of online training courses in risk, health, and safety. She specializes in eLearning, video production, and integrating active learning experiences. As the Director of Training & Education at the University of California Riverside, she established the Center of Excellence for Risk & Safety Training. Her work supports all the campuses of the University of California system. Janette has graduate degrees in education and administration; and has conducted academic research in memory, cognition, and ethics education.

She has served in positions such as Director of Education / Academic Dean, Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs, Manager of Training and Process Improvement, and Quality Assurance Associate, and Business Manager. Prior to coming to UCR she served at Everest College, American Red Cross, and California State University Los Angeles. Janette also has experience as a publications manager / editor, webmaster, and IT consultant for educational and health care institutions.


Ms. Tiffany Kwok, MPA, REHS

Assistant Director, Research Safety, University of California, Riverside

Tiffany Kwok is the Assistant Director for Research Safety at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and also serves as the campus Environmental Health Specialist. She directs the biological and laboratory safety, field and drone safety, personal protective equipment, controlled substance and public health programs.

Prior to working at UCR, Tiffany worked for Los Angeles County Department of Public Health as a health inspector where she earned her state registration as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the California Department of Public Health in 2012. During her time at the County, she worked in the Recreational Waters program and the food, pool, and housing programs. She served on a Nuisance Abatement Team where she represented the health department in a cross-agency team to address illegal housing conversions. In 2013, Tiffany began working at UCR serving as the campus Environmental Health Specialist and continues the responsibilities today. She conducts food and swimming pool and spa inspections, ensures safe drinking water is met, and provides guidance on public health responses, especially during the COVID pandemic. Between 2015-2019, Tiffany served as the campus Biosafety Officer and later promoted to her current role.

While at UCR, Tiffany completed an intensive FEMA training course, Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Operations (EHTER Ops) and is a FEMA certified EHTER trainer for California. As an EH&S professional, Tiffany guides many dining facilities, research laboratories and campus support personnel in conducting thorough risk assessments of their workplace, and in developing and implementing safe work practices to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the campus community.





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Terms and Conditions

  • Registration is open from now until 28 February 2023.
  • The registration for a seminar is only valid after the organizer has received the full registration fee and confirmed acceptance of the registration. The attendees will receive a receipt of their payments during the seminar.
  • There is a maximum capacity of attendees for each seminar. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Registration fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another attendee.
  • In registering for the seminar(s), attendees agree to these Terms and Conditions, and the Personal Information Collection Statement (“PICS”) below.
  • An attendance certificate will be issued to each attendee according to the full name and email address provided for registration. Attendees shall stay for the entire seminar in order to receive an attendance certificate.
  • Email the organizer at safety@ust.hk if you have any questions about registration or would like to cancel your registration.

Registration Fees for Seminars


TISAG H&S Professional Skills Seminar

TISAG H&S Technical Skills Seminar


Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Fee (non-HKUST)

HKD 900 per attendee (lunch is included)

HKD 800 per attendee (lunch is included)

Fee (HKUST staff)

Free of charge (lunch not included)

Free of charge (lunch not included)


Registration Form

Complete this online registration form.

Method of Payment

Option 1: e-payment (FPS, VISA, Mastercard, Alipay or WeChatpay)

An email will be sent to you if you have chosen this option in the registration form.

Option 2: cheque by post

Print your registration information and post it with a crossed cheque for the correct amount, payable to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for the attention of Ms. Liza Mung at Rooms 2005-2007, Health, Safety and Environment Office, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong. The post must reach HKUST before 28 February 2023. On the back of the cheque, write down the registrant's full name.

Personal Information Collection Statement

In registering for any of the above seminars, attendees agree to the the aforementioned Terms and Conditions, and this Personal Information Collection Statement (“PICS”) provided by the Health, Safety and Environment Office (“HSEO”) of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (“HKUST”) for the purposes of complying with the notification requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of Hong Kong (“PDPO”) when collecting personal data. It should be read in conjunction with HKUST’s Data Privacy Policy Statement (“PPS”).

The personal data collected from you will be provided to and used by relevant Departments/Organizations within or outside HKUST for the aforementioned seminars, and related purposes. HSEO will handle all personal data with strict security and confidentiality, and in compliance with the PDPO and PPS. Personal data will be kept only for as long as necessary to fulfil the aforementioned purposes, and will be destroyed once it is no longer required. You may request access to and correction of your personal data in the records of the HSEO. Such requests may be emailed to the organizer at safety@ust.hk.



TISAG H&S Professional Skills Seminar

TISAG H&S Technical Skills Seminar


Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Thursday, 9 March 2023


Room 1103

1/F, Academic Building, HKUST

Lam Woo Lecture Theater B

1/F, Academic Building, HKUST


From Northern Entrance to Room 1103

From Northern Entrance to Lam Woo Lecture Theater B


Both Room 1103 and Lam Woo Lecture Theater B are closer to the Northern Entrance of the HKUST campus but the public car park is near the Southern Entrance.









Directions to the HKUST Campus

Click this link to view the location map, travel directions to the HKUST campus, and parking information.


Email the organizer at safety@ust.hk with any inquiries you may have about the seminars.