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Strategies for improving complex construction health and safety regulatory environments

Strategies for improving complex construction health and safety regulatory environments

Umeokafor, Nnedinma ORCID: 0000-0002-4010-5806, Evangelinos, Konstantinos I. and Windapo, Abimbola (2020) Strategies for improving complex construction health and safety regulatory environments. International Journal of Construction Management, 22 (7). pp. 1333-1344. ISSN 1562-3599 (Print), 2331-2327 (Online) (doi:

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In enhancing business and project performance, a robust health and safety (H&S) regulatory system which is homogenous is one of the prerequisites, but developing countries (DCs) are lagging in this. Using Nigeria as a case study, the research developed strategies for improving the regulation of construction H&S in a complex regulatory environment. Semi-structured interviews, analysled thematically, was adopted. The proposed H&S improvement strategies include contextualised construction H&S legislation that will enable the establishment of a homogenous but flexible regulatory system. This will be overseen by an independent National Construction H&S regulator but with the controlled support of selected industry and social actors. The regulatory process will include persuasion (such as negotiation), punitive measures, education and awareness strategies. The proposed strategies also include that H&S legislation should stipulate duties for clients, contractors and subcontractors including goal-based legislation with mainly absolute duties, and prescriptive legislation or guidance. This should not be misconstrued as oversimplifying complex phenomena. The study could help policymakers and H&S experts in countries such as Nigeria develop strategies informed by realities of H&S regulatory complexities, in increasing the chance of workability and acceptance of the strategies proposed by the regulated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: compliance, construction, regulations, construction health and safety, developing countries, productivity, safety management strategies
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 14:18

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