Impact of Construction Health & Safety Regulations on Project Parameters in Nigeria: Consultants and Contractors View
The effectiveness of the construction industry can only be enhanced by repositioning the construction health and safety regulations to safeguard the health of the workers and the entire community. This paper seeks to assess the views of consultants and contractors about the impact of construction health and safety regulations in Nigeria. Data was collected using the questionnaire survey distributed among construction professionals and statistical tools employed include tables, percentages and mean score ranking. The study revealed that construction health and safety is still perceived to be more important than the traditional project parameters in the form of cost, time and quality. Designers perceive that an enhanced environment is the resultant impact of construction health and safety regulations while quantity surveyors see improved quality as having the resultant impact while contractors perceive improved maintenance as having the resultant impact on health and safety regulation. The study recommends that better attention is given to health and safety should as a project parameter and that related practice notes and guidelines should be evolved for all project stakeholders.