Health and safety in the construction industry
Every industry carries at least some level of risk, although the level of danger varies widely. The construction industry is one of the most critical sectors of the industry when it comes to injury statistics, but the majority of risks associated with it can be avoided by taking the right health and safety measures. appropriate.
It is therefore for this reason that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Building and Construction Authority, BCA, and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority, OHSA, to protect the interests people working in the construction industry and third parties.
This memorandum of understanding specifies the roles of the two authorities with regard to health and safety issues on the sites. Both parties, BCA and OHSA, are committed to developing a strong working relationship that ensures the utmost collaboration in investigations conducted by both parties in cases where they both have an interest, thereby diminishing the possibility incongruities in the results of such investigations. If, as a result of an investigation by either party, legal action will be taken, the parties will cooperate through the exchange of information and investigation reports if necessary.
This Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the CEOs of BCA and OHSA, respectively Mr. Jesmond Muscat and Dr. Mark Gauci, in the presence of the Minister of Public Works and Planning, Dr. Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi.
Through this agreement, the Building and Construction Authority will act on the relationship established with either authority. These include reports of nuisance to third parties, complaints about construction sites and abandoned machinery in violation of site environmental management regulations, complaints about the lack of permits to prevent cars from parking in front of construction sites construction, among others. It is clearly stated in the MOU that if a report does not fall under the ACC’s responsibility under the law, it will immediately notify OHSA to investigate immediately and vice versa.
Meanwhile, the Building Industry Advisory Council, BICC, offers a nine-hour course for those who have entered or are about to enter the construction and civil engineering industry. The course gives an awareness of health and safety and how it affects daily roles. Also, it can serve as a preparation for the acquisition of the BTP Competence Card or as a refresher.
This course primarily gives an awareness of health and safety and how it affects the daily tasks of various roles that are found in the construction and civil engineering industry. This allows candidates to obtain a security card if they pass the course, which gives them access to work sites. The security card will be mandatory to access these sites from January 2024.
These health and safety modules aim to focus on 12 main themes which will be thought through throughout the course. At the end of the course, a short exam of 20 multiple-choice questions is taken which allows the student to obtain the health and safety card with a passing mark of 50%.
The nature of the construction industry means there may be a stricter requirement to ensure safety.
Ongoing education and engagement will help instill and maintain awareness of the potential dangers the general public may face on a daily basis and equip developers and contractors with the knowledge and skills to mitigate these risks, continually improving the situation. As things progress.
Ongoing education and engagement will help instill and maintain awareness of the potential dangers that the general public may face on a daily basis and will equip developers and contractors with the knowledge and skills to mitigate these risks, continually improving the situation at gradually.