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Navigating safety by design education: a framework of diffusion and implementation barriers

Navigating safety by design education: a framework of diffusion and implementation barriers

Umeokafor, Nnedinma ORCID: 0000-0002-4010-5806 , Windapo, Abimbola, Umar, Tariq and Che Ibrahim, Che Khairil Izam (2024) Navigating safety by design education: a framework of diffusion and implementation barriers. In: Umeokafor, Nnedinma ORCID: 0000-0002-4010-5806 , Emuze, Fidelis, Sunindijo, Riza Yosia, Umar, Tariq, Windapo, Abimbola and Che Ibrahim, Che Khairil Izam, (eds.) Drivers of Continuous Improvement in Construction Health, Safety, and Wellbeing'. Taylor and Francis, London, UK. (In Press)

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In this study, a framework of the barriers to design for safety (DfS) education and training diffusion in architecture engineering and construction has been developed using the literature review, and some improvement strategies are outlined This stems from the little attention that the topic has received despite its strategic position in improving construction health and safety. The data extracted was analysed thematically. The framework shows that there is limited attention to DfS; the curricula do not make provisions for health and safety including DfS content and there is little enthusiasm from academics to address this. Other reasons are the lack of time required, the negative attitude towards it, and the lack of DfS skills, knowledge and experience required for it. Also, it is wrongly perceived as an advanced topic which is better studied in health and safety degree programmes. In addressing these, proposed strategies include, focusing on adding DfS concepts to the design ones in architecture, engineering, and construction designs, DfS capacity development for academics, and adopting innovative teaching methods. The study is based on a literature review hence has some elements of subjectivity. Consequently, empirical validation and a deeper insight into the findings are recommended where both qualitative and quantitative approaches can be adopted. Further, a detailed study on the strategies for DfS education and training diffusion and implementation is recommended. The study enables the identification, contextualisation and understanding of barriers not covered in the literature.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: prevention through design; Health and Safety education; early consideration of safety
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Last Modified: 09 May 2024 11:16

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