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Health and safety (H&S) awareness and implementation in Botswana's construction industry

Innocent Musonda (Department of Construction Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
John Smallwood (Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present findings of research on the level of health and safety (H&S) awareness and implementation in Botswana's construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey was conducted on construction projects to establish the level of awareness and implementation of construction H&S. Physical observations were also conducted on construction sites in order to relate questionnaire responses to what actually obtained on construction sites. The study was limited to Gaborone and the immediate surrounding areas.

Findings

Findings from the research reveal that the level of H&S awareness is low, H&S legislation is not complied with, the management of contractors is not committed to H&S implementation, there is a lack of H&S management systems, procedures, and protocol, and clients and designers do not participate in the implementation of H&S.

Originality/value

The importance of construction H&S has been recognised by various researchers. This paper provides an insight on the level of awareness and implementation of H&S in Botswana's construction industry and should be viewed in the context of an effort to improve H&S.

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Citation

Musonda, I. and Smallwood, J. (2008), "Health and safety (H&S) awareness and implementation in Botswana's construction industry", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 81-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/17260530810863352

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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