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927ZBET (1 of 2) - Benchmarking Management Practices related to PtD in the UKStart Date: 1/1/2007
End Date: 12/1/2010
Principal Investigators (PI)Name: John Gambatese, Oregon State University
Phone: (541) 737-8913
NIOSH Contact: Donna S. Heidel
Phone: (513) 533-8302
Sub-Unit: Division of Education and Information
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed1.1.7
Secondary Goals Addressed1.4.1 , 4.4.4
Attributed to Prevention through Design100%
The United Kingdom has had regulations since 1994 requiring construction companies, project owners, and architects to address safety and health during the design phase of projects. This study identifies management practices related to Prevention through Design in construction companies in the United Kingdom. The findings from this project will be disseminated broadly outside and within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Addressing PtD on a construction project involves the participation of the project designers, typically architects and engineers (A/Es), and other project team members who have influence on the design (e.g., owners). Since OSH is traditionally not part of the designer's role in the United States, the PtD concept is relatively new to the U.S. construction industry and not considered standard design practice. Formal applications of the concept, however, have taken place outside the United States. For example, the European Union has EC Directive 92/57/EEC that requires all parties involved in EU projects, including designers, to address OSH hazards and risks on construction sites. As a result, EU member countries have enacted legislation in response to the directive. In Great Britain, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations were put in place in 1994 (CDM 1994). These regulations place responsibilities for construction worker safety on design professionals and others involved in the projects. The CDM regulations place a duty on designers to ensure that foreseeable hazards and risks to construction workers are avoided.
Objective is to assess the effects of 12 years of PtD regulations on construction companies in the UK. Specific aims include:
This activity will provide evidence of potential organizational and professional impacts of implementing the PtD concept in the US construction industry, and guidance in developing a strategy for effective implementation of PtD here in the US. Dissemination of the research findings will assist construction project personnel in efforts to implement and manage the PtD concept. As a result, and with widespread and continued implementation, it is expected that the occupational safety and health performance of the US construction industry will improve.
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