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WSP PB: Create national minimum standards for HSE

WSP PB officials say the creation of national minimum standards could help achieve uniformity in HSE (health and safety) practices

Rob Cooling, director of health and safety, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East.
Rob Cooling, director of health and safety, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East's director of health and safety (HSE) has called for the creation of national minimum standards to ensure uniformity in construction safety practices across the region.

Rob Cooling said "the creation of overarching national minimum standards can help to alleviate" the concern of fragmented HSE legislation in the Middle East.

"As countries go through economic and social development, HSE issues become [more] prominent," Cooling and a colleague, Nick Rowley, senior health and safety manager, told Construction Week on Twitter. 

The trend, they continued, is "being experienced by many countries in the region". 

When asked to elaborate on the role of on-site supervision in ensuring construction safety, the HSE professionals told Construction Week: "Supervision is paramount for good health and safety [standards].

"However, competency of supervisors is important [too]."

They continued: "Ideally, a risk-based approach should be adopted to determine the level of health and safety supervision [on a project].

"In some countries, such as Qatar and the UAE, standards specify the number of supervisors you need for projects," they added.

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