The CBE is mandated to protect the interests of the public and promote appropriate standards of health, safety and environmental protection within the built environment. Government has committed and is undertaking massive infrastructure investment in the history of South Africa thus engaging built environment professionals to a substantial and irreversible altering of the South African built environment. This therefore, requires prudent stewardship of the built environment professionals in order that the country achieves optimal and sustainable environmental outcomes that do not ‘lock’ the country into unsustainable environmental outcomes that will limit the developmental options of future generations. It is also imperative that appropriate health and safety standards in the ‘building’ phase of infrastructure outlay are achieved and maintained.
In this regard, the CBE with its regulatory powers over the built environment and built environment professionals (Section 3 (e) of the CBE Act of 2000, impels the CBE to promote appropriate standards of health, safety and environmental protection within the built environment. The CBE has therefore committed through future projects to ensure engagements with Academic Institutions, Built Environment Professional Councils and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure that built environment academic programmes in the built environment include relevant and substantial health and safety curricula components. The CBE and Built Environment Professional Councils have also committed to the development and implementation of an action plan to realise the goals and objectives of the Construction Health and Safety Accord.
The Construction Health and Safety Accord is an agreement between Government, Organised Labour and Organised Business to improve the status of Health and Safety in the Construction Sector in South Africa. This agreement acknowledges that the South African Construction Sector contributes immensely to alleviation of unemployment and economic growth and as such all necessary interventions are taken to ensure that Health and Safety objectives are attained concurrently with infrastructure development, poverty alleviation through employment creation and positive economic growth.
The collaborative approach together with other stakeholders will ensure that all facets of Health and Safety of employees, users and members of the public are taken into consideration when developing strategies to improve Health and Safety without compromise, whilst maintaining balance in ensuring Construction sector growth.
Zero harm through collaborative action in the Construction Sector.
To ensure that provisions as stipulated in Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa are realised in the construction sector through the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and the Construction Regulations of the said Act.
• The Tripartite approach
• Social Cohesion
• Prioritising Health and Safety
• Honesty, Transparency, Empathy and Integrity
The Construction Health and Safety Accord strive to achieve the following objectives:
• To promote good relations of social partners, Government, Organised Labour and Organised Business for the benefit of health and Safety in Construction.
• To commit all construction industry stakeholders to prioritise matters of health and safety
• To promote health and safety of all persons involved with and affected by construction work
• To eliminate fatalities, Injuries and diseases in the Construction Sector
• To identify and implement best practices