Effective Regulation and Level of Awareness: An Exposé of the Nigeria’s Construction Industry


The preparedness of any organization to minimize the frequency and severity of work related accidents, ill-health, and damage to property is demonstrated by the adoption of a health and safety management system. By its nature, a health and safety management system through its provisions and demands, not only highlights the impact of poor health and safety standards on organizational performance but also encourages greater awareness of health and safety issues and responsibilities. Quite unfortunately, in Nigeria (as in many developing economies) statutory regulation, capable of ensuring the adoption and implementation of health and safety management systems by organizations, seems inadequate or ineffective. The impact of this, as demonstrated by the outcome of survey and literature review, is a general lack of awareness on important health and safety issues among Nigerian construction workers. Equally, there is an inability and or unwillingness by organizations to pay adequate attention to health and safety management. Consequently, the overall health and safety standard, operational capability and corporate image of Nigeria’s construction industry have been affected.

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I. Diugwu, D. Baba and A. Egila, "Effective Regulation and Level of Awareness: An Exposé of the Nigeria’s Construction Industry," Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 140-146. doi: 10.4236/ojsst.2012.24018.

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