Integrated Safety, Health And Environmental Management in The Construction Industry: Key Organisational Capability Attributes

Millicent Asah-Kissiedu, Patrick Manu, Colin Booth, Abdul Majeed Mahamadu, Kofi Agyekum

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Purpose: For construction organisations to be effective at implementing an integrated safety, health and environmental (SHE) management system, they require the right level of organisational capability. This capability includes the policies, systems and resources of the organisation. However, within the academic literature, it is unclear which organisational attributes of construction companies are important for implementing integrated SHE management. This study aims at exploring the organisational attributes that determine integrated SHE management capability as well as their relative priorities.
Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a literature review supported by expert verification and a subsequent three-round expert Delphi technique accompanied by applying the voting analytical hierarchy process (VAHP).
Findings: The study identified 20 attributes grouped under five main thematic categories. These are (i) strategy (the organisation's vision and top management commitment); (ii) process (the organisation’s procedures and processes for SHE management); (iii) people (organisation's human resources, their competence, roles, responsibilities, and involvement in SHE management); (iv) resources (organisation's physical and financial resources for SHE management) and (v) information (SHE related documents, data, records, and their communication across an organisation). While these thematic categories and the attributes within carry different weights of importance, the strategy related attributes are the most important, followed by the people related attributes.
Originality/value: The results of this study should enable construction companies and key industry stakeholders to understand construction companies’ capability to successfully implement an integrated SHE management system. Furthermore, construction companies should be able to prioritise efforts or investments to enhance their SHE management capability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021


  • Construction industry
  • Construction safety
  • Delphi method
  • Environmental management
  • Health and safety
  • Health and safety issues
  • Organisational capability
  • Voting analytical hierarchy process


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