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Almén, L and Larsson, T J (2014) Health and safety coordinators in building projects. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 4(03), 251-63.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Design co-ordination/co-operation; Health and safety; Legislation; Occupational health/safety; Planning; Qualifications
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2044-124X
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-05-2013-0012
  • Abstract:
    In order to reduce the number of injuries on construction sites, a European Directive prescribes that the clients shall appoint safety and health coordinators in their projects. The purpose of this paper is to find out who are appointed to be health and safety coordinators for the design and planning phase and what they do in order to prevent injuries on sites. Since 1st of January 2009, there shall be a coordinator for the design and planning phase in Swedish construction projects. Telephone interviews were made with the coordinators in 42 Swedish building projects. The coordinators’ education and experiences varied widely, as well as their descriptions of their duties: no duties, administration and active injury prevention. The coordinators who were classified as most active had at least one additional leading role in the projects. The study is qualitative for an increased understanding, not a statistical reflection of the coordinator population. The legislation needs to clarify whether the early conceptual phase of the project is included in the coordinator’s commission and whether she/he is supposed to participate in identifying, assessing and reducing risks through design changes. These clarifications will have an influence on when the coordinator should be appointed and what competence she/he needs. The study increases the understanding of how the health and safety coordinators of the planning and projecting phase of building projects perceive their mission and what factors, according to them, have an influence on what they do.