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Development of a design for occupational safety and health capability maturity model

Manu, Patrick; Poghosyan, Anush; Mahamadu, Abdul-Majeed; Mahdjoubi, Lamine; Gibb, Alistair; Behm, Michael; Akinade, Olugbenga


Anush Poghosyan

Abdul Mahamadu
Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Built Environment

Alistair Gibb

Michael Behm

Olugbenga Akinade
Associate Professor - AR/VR Development with Artificial Intelligence


Design for occupational safety and health (DfOSH) is growing in prominence in the construction sector. Consequently, designers (as individuals or organisations) are expected to mitigate occupational health and safety risks through design. In order for design firms to effectively do this, they need to have adequate capability in respect of DfOSH. However, there is limited empirical insight regarding DfOSH capability as well as robust mechanisms for ascertaning the DfOSH capability of design firms. Drawing on the capability maturity concept, this study through three iterations of expert focus group discussion presents a preliminary DfOSH capability maturity model. The preliminary model captures DfOSH capability attributes mapped unto five stages of capability maturation. The model is undergoing review and testing by industry experts to ensure its practical utility within industry. It is anticipated that through the testing of the preliminary model, the eventual DfOSH capability maturity model would be beneficial to several industry stakeholders, particularly design firms by way of self-assessing their capability in order to understand the areas of capability deficiency and strength. Clients who appoint design firms could also use the model as part of pre-qualification arrangements in selecting design firms with adequate DfOSH capability.


Manu, P., Poghosyan, A., Mahamadu, A., Mahdjoubi, L., Gibb, A., Behm, M., & Akinade, O. (2018, August). Development of a design for occupational safety and health capability maturity model. Paper presented at Joint CIB W099 and TG59 Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Joint CIB W099 and TG59 Conference
Start Date Aug 1, 2018
End Date Aug 3, 2018
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2018
Publication Date Jul 25, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference
ISBN 9788567169118
Keywords design, design for occupational safety and health, prevention through design, safety in design, capability maturity model
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of the Joint CIB W099 and TG59 Conference


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