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  1. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AUTHORITY Norman Spiteri Dip. Soc. Std. (OHS)

  2. Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) • Established in 2000 • Started Operating in 2002 • Before – Health and Safety Unit within Department of Labour… • …and Commission for Promotion of OHS (Advisory Role)

  3. OHSA Main Duties and Functions • To Establish Strategies and Coordinate Actions • Promote and Educate on OHS Matters • To Prepare Regulations and Guidance Information • To Ensure OHS is safeguarded by whosoever has such duty.

  4. Construction General Considerations • Construction is one of Europe’s: • Largest Industries • Over € 1000 Billion annual Turn Over • Most Dangerous • Estimated Three times more likely for Fatal Accidents • Estimated Twice the Likelihood of being Injured • In addition many workers suffer from Occupational acquired Diseases such as: • Musculoskeletal Disorders • Noise Induced Hearing Loss • Skin Problems • Etc…

  5. THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR COMMON CHALLENGES • High Risk Sector • Common shortcomings found on Construction sites • Non Management of Falls From Heights • Foreigners – Problem of Communication • Untrained, Unskilled Workforce • Deadlines, Time Frames and Resources • Non Coordination of work on sites • Little Investment by many Contractors = Outdated Equipment etc… • Besides Environmental and Social Impact…

  6. Main Source of Problems • No Holistic Approach to Building and Construction • Piecemeal Legislative and Regulatory approach • Entities and Authorities working Independently from one an other. • Example: Planning, OHS, Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights etc…

  7. Fatal Accidents in the Construction Sector • 52 Fatal accidents in total (2002 – 2008) • 38% Other sectors • 62% Construction sector of which 28% are Foreign workers

  8. Actions being taken By OHSA • Regulations – Legal Notices – Construction Ind. • Legal Notice 281 of 2004 • Legal Notice 379 of 2003 • Code of Practice for Building and Construction Industry Part I and II • Checklist (Visual) • Leaflets

  9. Actions being taken By OHSA • Various Training Courses for Construction Workers • Introduction to Health and Safety • Safety in Construction • Health and Safety Representative • First Aid • Risk Assessment • Own Staff Development • Seminars • Courses • 3 Twinning Projects which included construction awareness

  10. Actions being taken By OHSA • Media Exposure • T.V. Programmers • Local Radio Stations • Newspapers • Magazines • Press releases • Applied for European Social Funds 2007 - 2013 • Research in Health and Safety

  11. Actions being taken By OHSA • Involved in the Yearly European Campaigns • Stop that Noise • Lighten The Load • Safe Start • Risky Business • Safe on Site • Construction Campaigns • Scaffolding systems • Falls From Heights • Quarries • Routine Inspections

  12. Actions Taken By OHSA • Two Initiatives undertaken with Building Industry Consultation Council (BICC): • Safety Bus – Announced visits carried out by OHS Officer and Cameraman. Film edited and shown to workers on site • Technical Flaws: Demanding on OHSA Human Resources, expensive, Only Large construction sites visited • Way Forward: Sponsorship by Stakeholders!!! • Safety Card – Short awareness raising information session • Technical Flaws: Too time consuming, Little Tangible results • Way Forward: To Mainstream OHS into tradesmen courses

  13. OHSA Enforcement Actions • Over 2000 Inspections are carried out each year in the various sectors • Enforcement Action • Provision of Advice • Order issued under Act • To improve • To stop works (all or parts thereof) • Legal Action

  14. Actions by other Stakeholders and Duty Holders ??? OHSA is not the one-all and be-all, but only one from a long list of stakeholders

  15. Thank you for Your Attention