|M.Sc Student||Arbuzov Andrey|
|Subject||Development of a Synergetic Model for Integrated Quality|
and Safety Management in Construction
|Department||Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering||Supervisor||Professor Yehiel Rosenfeld|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
Today’s business reality challenges the construction industry with demands for new management methods. The “conservative” approach for safety management, used in construction companies in Israel, is guided primarily by compliance with the minimal requirements of the law, and does not encourage innovation and prevention of accidents by identifying and coping with risks before they materialize.
This report discusses the development of a conceptual model according to which the safety procedures will be managed as part of the construction process in integration with the quality procedures according to the principles of proactive management and continual improvement.
The main research methods of the study were: performing a detailed literature review to identify safety management and integrated systems management methods; review of existing safety management methods in Israel; formalizing a synergetic integrated model for safety and quality management based on comparison of methods and techniques in Israel and abroad; ratification of the model in a safety experts seminar; and examination of the willingness to accept the model.
The suggested model is based on the existing platform of quality management that can carry, in an integrated way, all the “administrative” procedures of safety. From a safety aspect, the model is comprised of six core components connected to the continual improvement cycle: a proactive policy for safety and quality (plan); risk management at the site level, preparing a safety plan, and managing the subcontractors (do); monitoring and evaluating the safety performance level (check); incident investigation and taking preventive and corrective actions (act) .
The research findings indicate that the integration of safety and quality is feasible and even necessary for improving the safety level at construction sites. As for the application of the model in practice, all the organizational levels expressed basic willingness to accept the model in the future. Furthermore, the results of the study indicate that assimilation of the administrative model will make an organizational - cultural change.
The suggested model is a fusion of the idea of integrated management systems with good safety practices found worldwide. The model was defined by the seminar participants (safety experts) as a breakthrough in the safety field in Israel. Besides the academic contribution, the model has a practical contribution to the exposure of the readiness to changes in the safety perception, by enhancing awareness to “in advance safety” in the construction industry .