Scheme to improve H&S

A Contractors Competence Scheme (CCS) could be launched in Dubai as a way of enhancing health and safety practices in the construction industry.
Scheme to improve H&S
By Monika Grzesik
Sat 02 Jun 2007 12:00 AM

A Contractors Competence Scheme (CCS) could be launched in Dubai as a way of enhancing health and safety practices in the construction industry.

Consultancy firm EC Harris has teamed up with contractor Bovis Lend Lease to propose the scheme, which would involve contractors being audited to assess their health and safety standards as well as examine the effectiveness of on-site safety policies.

Contractors would then be able to present their safety credentials to clients.

"The scheme will be an accreditation system whereby somebody would audit the contractors every year or two to ensure the right systems are in place," said Aziz Zerban, health and safety consultant, EC Harris.

"It would be a system of pass or fail. Contractors who fail would be told why and how they could improve."

Zerban added that backing for the scheme is now being sought among major players in the industry to ensure it goes ahead.

"We need to get the support of a number of companies so that contractors see it as beneficial. We need people behind us to draw a line and say ‘from this point on we will not work with contractors who don't meet these standards'. If it's done by a big conglomerate of companies, that's when things will change - it needs to come from the top."

The details of the scheme, which is still in the early stages of development, will be presented to the British Business Group within the next three months. Dubai Municipality has also been approached to provide support.

"At the moment, we are in the very early stages of asking contractors and people in the industry what they think about this. What we could find is that such a scheme might not be worth operating here because the market might not be ready," added Zerban.

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