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.
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).