The Sustainable Construction Safety and Health (SCSH) rating system is a tool designed to help improve construction worker safety and health. SCSH is used to plan and assess the extent to which construction safety and health are given priority and addressed in the planning, design and construction of a project. By doing so, it is anticipated that construction site hazards will be eliminated or reduced, and ultimately construction projects will be free of worker injuries and fatalities.
- The rating system is designed for all types of construction projects regardless of size, type, location or scope.
- SCSH draws on the participation of all key project team members — the owner/client, designer (architect/engineer) and constructors (prime contractor and subcontractors).
- See case studies of SCSH rating system application.
How does sustainability fit in?
Safety and health are part of the social aspect of sustainability. Like the protection and conservation of environmental resources, sustainability incorporates the stewardship of human resources. (Refer to the diagram.)
It is also well known that when worker injuries and fatalities occur there are also financial implications. The financial impacts can significantly influence the economic vitality of a firm and a community, and thus sustainability over the long term. Lastly, the construction stage of a project experiences a significant proportion of injuries and fatalities, and must not be ignored within the assessment lifecycle.
Protecting worker safety and health is sustainability.
The safety and health of those who construct a project must be addressed when considering sustainability along with the safety and health of those who maintain and use the facility after it is built.