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Title: Barriers to implementation of EMS in construction industry in Ghana
Authors: Ayirebi-Dansoh, Joshua Ayarkwa,
Amoah, P.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: International Journal of Engineering Science, 2010
Citation: International Journal of Engineering Science, Volume 2, Number 4,
Abstract: An international standard, the ISO 14000, has been introduced to guide organization in the management of their processes and procedures to minimize the negative impacts on the environment. Although construction activities have been recognized to impose external costs to the environment, until now very little has been done on the adoption of this standard in the construction industry in Ghana. A parallel questionnaire survey was conducted to ident factors hindering the adoption of ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in the Ghanaian construction industry. This paper reviews the ISO 14000 EMS, and identifies factors hindering its implementation in the Ghanaian construction industry. The results are expected to help find effective measures to remove the barriers and promote the adoption of the EMS standard. Four major obstacles to ISO 14000 EMS implementation in the Ghanaian construction industry were identified as: lack of knowledge relating to ISO 14000; increased cost of implementation; reluctance to change traditional practices; and shortage of personnel. These obstacles were found to inter-relate, and centre on lack of knowledge. Formal education programmes on environmental management in tertiary institutions, mandatory basic training course on environmental issues for site personnel, and structured programmes for the continuing development of technicians and professionals are required to overcome these major hurdles. Seminars and workshops on implementation of ISO 14000 EMS could highlight its cost-benefits relationships, and the need for its adoption in Ghana. Keywords: Construction, Environmental Management, ISO 14000, Ghana
Description: This article was published by International Journal of Engineering Science in 2010.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1268
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