IMPLEMENTERING AV ARBETSMILJÖLAGENS ÄNDRINGAR, GÄLLANDE FRÅN 090101, PÅ BYGGARBETSPLATSER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT ACT, WITH COMMENTARY AS WORDED ON 1 JANUARY 2009, ON BUILDING SITES
In the EU there are EC Directives that Member States of EU should follow. Sweden has undertaken to transpose EC Directives regarding the working environment to Swedish Provisions. In 4 April 2006, the European Commission had some criticism against the Swedish implementation of the Construction Sites Directive. The Swedish Work Environment Authority has in response to this criticism reworked the Work Environment Act and related provision about building and civil engineering work. The changes came into force 1 January 2009.
These changes have resulted in some working methods and even new responsibility subjects must be reviewed. The purpose of this exam project was to investigate if contractors and clients in the construction sector, had have time to update themselves on this front and adapt to these changes. Another purpose has been, that people by reading this exam project, should get knowledge about the changes in the Work Environment Act.
The research was made through a qualitative study using directed open interviews. Results from the comparison between the earlier and the present Work Environment Act and related provision, was used as basis for the questions in the interviews. Anonymous interviews were carried trough with five production managers and five clients. The respondents answers was analyzed by a comparison with the requirements from the Work Environment Act.
The main changes are that the constructor has a major responsibility for the work environment, but if he wants to he can transfer it to an independent qualified employee. The constructor/ independent qualified employee shall choose a building work environment co-ordinator. These have taken over the assignment which the person who had responsibility for coordination earlier had. The responsibility is now divided into planning and projecting and also execution of building or construction work. The constructor/ independent qualified employee can never get rid of the responsibility for those assignments that the building work environment co-ordinator shall carry out.
The interviews indicated that the implementation of the changes in Work Environment Act had some defects. All respondents knew that changes have been done in the Work Environment Act, but they didn’t know in detail what kind of changes it was and the meaning of these. Therefore the changes have not been implemented on the workplaces in a larger scale.An education for a building work environment co-ordinator has recently been developed. The previous loss of this education can be a reason for the lack of knowledge regarding the work environment changes.
School:Högskolan i Jönköping
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:arbetsmiljö byggarbetsmiljösamordnare uppdragstagare arbetsmiljölagen arbetsmiljöverket building engineering byggnadsteknik
Date of Publication:01/01/2009