Bring focus on building safely
The managementís commitment is crucial for the standards to be laid down and followed. In many situations, companies do not interfere once the project is handed over to the contractor. However, in this age of transparency and disclosure, companies are realising that their reputation is affected by their partners and associates as well. This can lead to more due diligence from managements vis a vis contractors and vendors. The industry must come together to set a whole framework in place to help frame policies, educate and train stakeholders, and oversee the compliance to rules and regulations. An exercise by qualified professionals to identify controls for reducing hazards in all aspects of construction has to be undertaken before rigorous rules and regulations are framed and codified. This has to be an on-going process, with the rules and regulations being updated and upgraded to keep them relevant and contemporary. Enhanced safety and security can only become a reality when the industry works together as a whole to make it a priority and push for mandatory compliance to health, safety, security and environment norms.
ó Anshul Jain is CEO, DTZ-India
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