CIB is the acronym of the abbreviated french (former) name: "Conseil International du Batiment" (in English this is: International Council for Building). Established in 1953 as an association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.
CIB has since developed into a worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations with a research, university, industry or government background, who collectively are active in all aspects of research and innovation for building and construction. In the course of 1998, the abbreviation has been kept but the full name changed into: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.
A CIB Commission is a worldwide network of experts in a defined scientific area who meet regularly and who collaborate in international projects and exchange information on a voluntary basis.
One of CIB's Working Commissions is W099; Safety and Health in Construction. W099 is committed to the advancement of safety and health of construction workers. The tools necessary to accomplish this end include designing, pre-planning, training, management commitment and the development of a safety culture. A country’s involvement with construction safety is influenced by factors like: varying labour forces, shifting economies, insurance rates, legal ramifications and technological development.
Advancing the health safety and wellbeing of workers and the society within which we operate is a fundamental aspect of our professional and ethical being.
Dr Gerry Ayers
Keynote speech to Belfast 2015 conference.
Big Academic Debate Around Sun Set:
Chaired by Professor Hugh McKenna, Ulster University
Industry vs Academia debate.
Motion: "All that safety research is no use to industry. It’s just purely academic."
CIBW099 will next meet in Salvador, Brazil in August 2018