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Inquiry into the health and safety management practices of contractors in Vietnam: Preliminary findings

Nguyen, Thuan The; Manu, Patrick; Mahamadu, Abdul-M; Ash, Steve


Thuan The Nguyen

Patrick Manu
Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - FET - ABE - UABE0000

Steve Ash


Despite the socio-economic significance of the Vietnamese construction industry, the industry continues to have a poor reputation in terms of occupational health and safety (H&S). Whilst it is evident that improvement is needed, there is a dearth of research in this area to drive and guide improvement efforts. Particularly in the area of H&S management, there is little available documented insight into the H&S management practices being implemented by contractors (i.e. construction companies). As the awareness of these practices is an important milestone to gaining understanding into areas that need improvement, this study provides preliminary insight into the H&S management practices of contractors in Vietnam. The study employed a questionnaire survey of contractors and it presents preliminary findings from the responses of 42 contractors. Within three of the key elements of H&S management (i.e. policy, organising for H&S, and risk assessment) the survey findings suggest that whilst some practices are commonplace amongst contractors, there are also practices that are less implemented by contractors. Amongst the less implemented practices are: provision of health and safety guides/manuals, undertaking risk assessments for work packages/operations, reviewing and updating risk assessments, and assessing the competence of workers/subcontractors. Whilst not conclusive given the limited number of responses, the findings presently provide preliminary indication of the aspects of H&S management that are weak amongst contractors and may thus need attention.


Nguyen, T. T., Manu, P., Mahamadu, A., & Ash, S. (2015, September). Inquiry into the health and safety management practices of contractors in Vietnam: Preliminary findings. Paper presented at CIB W099 2015 Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name CIB W099 2015 Conference
Start Date Sep 10, 2015
End Date Sep 11, 2015
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 279-288
Keywords health and safety, health and safety management, survey, Vietnam
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : CIB W099 2015 Conference


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