E-fact 71: Hazard identification checklist — occupational safety and health issues associated with green building

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This checklist accompanies the e-fact on the occupational safety and health (OSH) issues associated with green building. It aims to help identify the potential hazards to workers’ safety and health associated with the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation (retrofitting) and demolition, and on-site waste collection. It also gives examples of preventive measures to address these hazards. Some of these OSH hazards are new, that is, they did not affect traditional construction sites, and are associated with new green materials, technologies or designs. Other hazards are well known to the construction sector, but they are now arising in new situations or combinations associated with green buildings and therefore demand particular consideration.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Výstavba budov
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Other
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Other
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Water-based paints, adhesives,  nanomaterials, flooring materials, dust and other hazardous substances (such as boric acid) when working with recycled materials (such as recycled paper flakes or flax wool used for insulation).

Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Supervisor

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