|Safety Coordination and Quality in Construction, Proceedings from the International Conference on Safety Coordination and Quality in Construction Milan, Italy, 22-23 June 1999|
|Edit date: 25-03-2015|
Safety in construction is undoubtedly a growing topical subject. As the insiders know, the construction sector is one of those that reports the highest accident ratio.
Due to the particular nature of the building process, the European Community issued in 1992 the Directive 92/57/EEC concerning the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements on temporary or mobile construction sites , aiming to improve construction workers' condition.
The Directive has been enacted in each EU's country with several fall outs in the roles of practitioners and contractors in
the construction process. In Italy, for instance, the introduction of the new figures of the Planning and Execution phase Safety Coordinators caused a twisting between the "tractional' professional roles involving clients' and contractors' technicians.
For the above reasons, after seven years from the issue of EU Directive 92/57/EEC an investigation is needed to see what the situation is about, focusing in detail the European situation.
This International Conference was born on this purposes, from the synergy of CIB, the most important Building Research Institution, and the Building Engineering and Territorial Systems Department of the Polytechnic of Milan which is involved in building and construction applied researches and in Safety Coordinators' education.
The Proceedings of Conference are divided in two sections.
The first one includes national reports from the EU countries where the Directive is in force. (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom).
In each national report the following items are analysed.
. Accident Statistics
. Legal Framework
. Role of those involved in Safety and Health Matters in Construction
. The new Documents of Safety and Health Prevention
. Benefits achieved after enacting Directive 92/57/EEC
. Recommendations and Conclusion
The aim of Section two is to present international papers reporting the state of the art concerning safety, health and quality on construction sites.
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