NEBOSH launches new standard to help reduce accidents in construction
20 September 2010
Apparently it is as risky to work on a construction site as it is to be in a conflict zone. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that at least 60,000 people are killed every year on construction sites around the world and this death toll is around the same as the number of soldiers and civilians killed through state-based armed conflict each year,over the past decade.
The industry accounts for almost one in 5 of all fatal workplace accidents and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide also suffer serious injuries and ill-health through working in construction. The main causes of death and injury are falls, crushes, impacts and electrocution. Common health problems include deafness, musculoskeletal disorders and exposure to hazardous substances such as solvents and asbestos.
To help tackle these problems, NEBOSH has launched a new qualification that will raise standards of health and safety in the worldwide constructionindustry. The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is designed specifically for supervisors and managers working in construction anywhere in the world. NEBOSH is an independent examining board and awarding body with charitable status. NEBOSH offers a comprehensive range of globally-recognised, vocationally-related qualifications designed to meet the health, safety, environmental and risk management needs of all places of work in both the private and public sectors.
NEBOSH health and safety qualifications are increasingly among the most widely recognised in the world. The British based examinations body says that almost a third of all NEBOSH examinations are now taken outside of the United Kingdom. The number of overseas NEBOSH candidates rose by 17% last year and growth was particularly strong in Asia, up 76%, and Africa, up 63%. Much of this growth has emerged through the global construction industry, with many international candidates up until now seeking to achieve the NEBOSH International General Certificate.
In Britain there is an industry specific NEBOSH Certificate qualification available for those working in the construction industry – the
National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. NEBOSH has used this highly respected qualification as a framework for its new International Construction Certificate. The new Certificate is based on ILO construction health and safety standards which means it can beapplied anywhere.
Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH chief executive, commented: "Construction workleads to far too many deaths worldwide every year. We hope our qualification will help to raise health and safety standards wherever the industry operates.” More information about the International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety can be found on the NEBOSH website at www.nebosh.org.uk.