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Title: An Exploratory Study into Promoting Construction Health and Safety in Ghana Through Public Works Procurement
Authors: Donkoh, Dorothy
Adinyira, Emmanuel
Aboagye-Nimo, Emmanuel
Keywords: Ghana
Heath and Safety
Public Procurement
Public Procurement Act
Issue Date: 10-Sep-2015
Publisher: CIB W099
Citation: Proceedings of CIB W099 Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10-11 September 2015
Abstract: The construction industry is commonly associated with high or increasing levels of workrelated hazards with ensuing injuries and fatalities. Studies have shown that procurement can further promote good construction H&S practice as it occurs throughout the life cycle of a project. However, the use of procurement as an instrument to promote H&S practices in construction has received little attention till date especially in developing countries. For this reason, the research aimed to explore practical measures to improve construction H&S through public works procurement in Ghana. Qualitative data was collected through semistructured interviews. Seven respondents (procurement managers, consultants and Quantity surveyors), selected through a non-probabilistic purpose sampling from public institutions participated in the survey. In Ghana, the Public Procurement Act, Act 663 which was introduced in 2003 to ensure sanity and value for money in public procurement provides guidelines for the procurement of public works. In view of this, a case study of the H&S management of project procured using the Act 663 was also carried out. This was done to ascertain how public works is carried out in the Ghanaian public sector setting by determining the various stakeholders involved, the processes the project underwent and the various considerations looked at especially under H&S. The results however indicated that the Act 663 has no clause that addresses construction H&S. The paper also finds that, H&S does not form part of the criteria for evaluating tenders. To address the constraints so as to improve upon construction H&S, certain recommendations are offered. These include the inclusion of nonambiguous H&S requirements as criteria for evaluating tenders and the pricing of H&S items in bills of quantities. Additionally, practical measures to improving construction H&S in Ghana at the key stages of works procurement are also provided. It also includes the specific roles and involvements of other stakeholders in the procurement process.
Description: Proceedings of CIB W099 Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10-11 September 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11191
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