A Holistic Assessment Framework for Contractors’ Safety Performance and Safety Programs

A Holistic Assessment Framework for Contractors’ Safety Performance and Safety Programs (Dr. Chen)

This project performs a holistic analysis on a contractor’s safety performance and the effectiveness of its newly-launched safety program.

Construction is a high-risk industry in terms of occupational safety and health. It has been gradually realized that safety is a top priority and increasing efforts should be made toward improving jobsite safety performance.  However, it is challenging for contractors to develop and implement a good safety program as well as understand the effectiveness of the program and how it can be further improved. It is also difficult to increase the involvement of subcontractors and improve their safety performance.

Over the past two years, contractor safety/health performance has been assessed using both reactive and proactive measurement tools. Extensive questionnaire surveys were developed to collect employee feedback on the studied program. Statistical analysis was performed to understand the acceptance of the program, existing problems, regional difference in safety performance and the implementation of the program, etc. Recommendations were made to the contractor for continual improvement of the program. Research results were also distributed to industry peers through an OSU/OSHA safety day workshop and publications.

This research will increase safety awareness of contractors in the building construction industry and also provide them a holistic framework for assessing their safety program and safety performance.