The objective of this report is to identify the evidence, and apparent
gaps in evidence, to link professionalised engineering institutions with
safer construction. The report has a particular interest in Nepal and
has used the example of the UK professional engineering institutions
framework as a reference.
The report sets out the terminology, roles and the key organisations in
Nepal, the UK and international in the engineering profession. The
selection of key organisations was based on their relevance to improved
construction and safer buildings.
Before discussing how professional organisations and trade unions
support improvements in health and safety, the report makes the case
that the engineering and construction sector is a complex eco-system
that is highly interconnected. This calls for systemic approaches such
as the promotion of a health and safety culture – rather than, say, just
strengthening regulations. Professional engineering institutions and
trade unions are shown to be instrumental in promoting a systemic
cultural shift towards improved health and safety – they achieve this by
promoting this culture to their members and by informing standards.
Contributors also made some important points on the current context in
A gap was identified in any hard evidence to show whether improved
professional organisations result in improved construction. Instead, the
views of leading figures in UK engineering and construction and
historical experience were taken as sufficient evidence for the purpose
of this report. Finally, examples from DFID’s work in Bangladesh and
Tanzania highlights the broad acceptance of this relationship.
This report has been produced for Evidence on Demand with the assistance
of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Lamb, A. Engineering institutions & safer construction. The link between them: an overview of evidence. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) iii + 31 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_hd.october2015.lamba]