Knowledge, law and skill in systems of building safety control

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ConferencePreprint Papers. 6th CIB Congress. The Impact of Research on the Built Environment: 03 October 1974, Budapest, Hungary
Pages360362; # of pages: 3
Subjectsafety controls; safety regulations; building codes; knowledge; skill; Codes & guides; commande de securite; reglement de securite; code du batiment; connaissance; aptitude
AbstractBuilding regulations are one of three means of achieving building safety control; the other two are skill and knowledge. Each of these tools is characteristically different and each is more appropriate as a control device in some situations than in others. The characteristics of knowledge, law and skill are discussed. The paper suggests that uniformity of building regulations is too indiscriminate a goal. Safety and economy are more discriminate goals. Uniformity is the natural consequence of applying knowledge and is valid for large market areas. Skill is a valid control for practices confined to a local area and law is necessary as control where knowledge is lacking.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number14751
NPARC number20374746
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