Proposal of a risk-factor-based analytical approach for integrating occupational health and safety into project risk evaluation

Accid Anal Prev. 2012 Sep;48:223-34. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.05.009. Epub 2011 May 31.

Abstract

Excluding occupational health and safety (OHS) from project management is no longer acceptable. Numerous industrial accidents have exposed the ineffectiveness of conventional risk evaluation methods as well as negligence of risk factors having major impact on the health and safety of workers and nearby residents. Lack of reliable and complete evaluations from the beginning of a project generates bad decisions that could end up threatening the very existence of an organization. This article supports a systematic approach to the evaluation of OHS risks and proposes a new procedure based on the number of risk factors identified and their relative significance. A new concept called risk factor concentration along with weighting of risk factor categories as contributors to undesirable events are used in the analytical hierarchy process multi-criteria comparison model with Expert Choice(©) software. A case study is used to illustrate the various steps of the risk evaluation approach and the quick and simple integration of OHS at an early stage of a project. The approach allows continual reassessment of criteria over the course of the project or when new data are acquired. It was thus possible to differentiate the OHS risks from the risk of drop in quality in the case of the factory expansion project.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Humans
  • Industry / organization & administration
  • Industry / standards*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Occupational Health*
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety Management / methods*
  • Safety Management / organization & administration