KUALA LUMPUR: Contractors must set aside a specific figure for safety and health management in the Bill of Quantities or tender documents, effective immediately.
They would not be able to include their worker's safety and health management cost with other expenditures, in their total cost of project, as allowed previously, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
"From today, (Thursday) contractors must itemise safety and health management items in the bill (Bill of Quantities) and specify the amount.
"I have directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure that a clause be incorporated in the tender document for the said purpose," he said, adding that the item for construction safety in the bill was either missing or poorly documented.
Samy said this after launching the a seminar on Sustainable Construction - Sharing Good Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Practise, which was organised by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) on Thursday.
Earlier in his speech, he said statistics of accidents in the construction industry were not well organised, maintained and standardised.
This was so because statistics provided were based only on post-accident information and analysis.
"They provide factual information regarding the post accident situation but ignore conditions existing prior to occurrence of the accident.
"Therefore, there is also a need to have a mechanism to estimate the risk of accidents based on the current safety practices and predict their effects on construction operators."
He cited poor working environment, lack of safety precautions at the work site, poor construction techniques, poor knowledge of usage of modern or high tech equipments and a large number of unskilled foreign workers, as factors that contributed to accidents at work sites.
Samy also said it was mandatory for Grade G7 contractors to undergo the DIY ISO 9001 programme by end of 2008, failing which they would not be accredited by CIDB and unable to tender for government projects.
Also present at the function were CIDB's chief executive Datuk Ir. Hamzah Hassan and PWDs acting director general Datuk Ir. Mohamed Razali Othman and Malaysia Highway Authority director general Datuk Mohd Noor Yaacob.