Design for occupational safety and health:A theoretical framework for organisational capability


For several decades, scholars and practitioners have searched for the underlying causes of occupational safety and health (OSH) incidents on construction projects. One of the insights from the investigations is the fact that the seeds of accidents, fatalities and occupational related ill-health are sown across various design and procurement decisions made during the pre-construction stage of project development. This insight has given rise to the design for occupational safety and health (DfOSH) initiative which has even informed regulations in certain countries, particularly the UK. However, knowledge and understanding of what, specifically, constitutes the organisational capability of design firms of generating designs which are inherently safe is very limited. Hence, this study undertakes a systematic review of prior conceptualisations of organisational capability, carries out contents analyses of the conceptualisations and provides a robust conceptualisation of the construct. The robust conceptualisation underpins the development of a nomological network to operationalise the construct organisational capability in respect of design firms’ ability to ensure design for occupational safety and health (DfOSH). Organisational capability is presented as a multi-dimensional construct that can be operationalised at various levels of specificity. The proposed framework can support the identification of organisational capability gaps that design firms seeking to build their DfOSH capability can address while at the same time assisting project clients to clarify the organisational capability of design firms in the procurement process.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2020, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Funding: This research has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837721.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design, construction, occupational safety and health,Organisational capability,Prevention through design,Theoretical framework,Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality,Safety Research,Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Publication ISSN: 0925-7535
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 13:05
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-01-01
Published Online Date: 2020-09-24
Accepted Date: 2020-09-13
Authors: Adaku, Ebenezer
Ankrah, Nii (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9221-0096)
Ndekugri, Issaka

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