Abstract—One of the most important aspects of health and safety approach is called an occupational, health, and safety management system (OHSM), where deficiencies existing in its procedures and policies, especially in the construction industry, may cause negative consequences such as heavy life and investment losses. In this paper, comparison between Alberta's occupational, health and safety system as an acceptable standard and that of Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company (TUSRC), as a selected Iranian subway construction company, is carried out to identify deficiencies existing in TUSRC OHS policies. For this purpose, 68 basic criteria of successful OHS systems comprising eight categories are identified. This criterion through literature review and interviews with OHS professionals and an auditing tool was established. A questionnaire survey was conducted in selective case studies to find weak points in the current OHS system. Based on these findings, “Hazard identification and assessment” and “Hazard control” were identified as the most important categories. From statistical analysis the two categories which could not get acceptable values in TUSRC are “Hazard control” and “Program administration”. At the end, a list of remedial action plans is recommended in order to enhance the examined OHSM which could be helpful in similar cases.
Index Terms—Construction, Auditing Tool, OHSMS, Hazard.
Authors are with Departments of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cite: Shabnam Ebrahimi, Maryam Fazlali, and Seyed Jamshid Hosseini, "OHS Standard Evaluation in the Subway Construction in Iran," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 11-16, 2012.