Who is 'The Designer' in construction occupational health and safety?

Lingard, H, Cooke, T and Blismas, N 2011, 'Who is 'The Designer' in construction occupational health and safety?', in Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou (ed.) Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 5-7 September, 2011, pp. 299-308.


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Title Who is 'The Designer' in construction occupational health and safety?
Author(s) Lingard, H
Cooke, T
Blismas, N
Year 2011
Conference name ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Conference location Bristol, UK
Conference dates 5-7 September, 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Editor(s) Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication University of Reading, Reading UK
Start page 299
End page 308
Total pages 10
Abstract In countries of the European Union, and now in Australia, OHS legislation establishes specific responsibilities for construction design professionals. Accordingly OHS duties are established for ?The Designer.? The ascription of responsibility to the occupant of an abstract socio-technical role is problematic. In reality, construction design is a complex iterative process that is influenced by human and non-human agents extending well beyond the project architect and engineer. This paper analyses definitional problems associated with the term ?The Designer? in the context of modern building design. A socio-technical systems analysis is presented for one case study construction project. This case study is used to illustrate that simplistic ascriptions of OHS responsibility are unhelpful and likely to be counter-productive to advancing the Construction Hazard Prevention through Design concept.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) construction hazard prevention
design
occupational health and safety
socio-technical system
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