Building Architects Exposed to Safety Measures in Construction Projects
The need for consideration of health and safety in construction projects was brought to the fore recently at the departmental Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Architecture, Covenant University.
The Managing Director Interstate Architects Ltd, Mr. Oluwasegun Ladegain his paper titled ““Environment, Health and Safety in Construction Projects: What Architect should know”, exposed the architectural principles that ensures health and safety in construction project even as he shared his personal experience in the profession.
Mr. Ladega, who designed the building housing the Central Bank of Nigeria Headquarters in Abuja, in a hilarious but in a food for thought manner highlighted the roles of an Architect as a lead designer and construction contract administrator, in ensuring health and safety in construction projects.
In his words, “An Architect as a lead designer, must have a moral responsibility to consider whatever may affect the efficiency of the building and the well-being of the people whom he is housing. He should design a building such that it meets all the set environment, health and safety objectives throughout the life cycle of the building.
“An Architect as construction contract administrator must also ensure that the owner and building contractor comply fully with all environment, health and safety measures throughout the period of the construction,” he explained
Mr. Ladega, underscored the need for architects’ design to address constructability, fire safety, emergency evacuation, electricity safety, interior air quality, hygiene and sanitation, separation of traffic, slips and falls amongst others.
“Architects should identify all environment, health and safety hazards associated with the project, analyse risks due to the hazards, determine risks that will be controlled by design, check the potential hazards and risks in the design at construction stage,” he said.
Mr. Ladega urged future architects to have an environment, health and safety