This factsheet provides information on the work-related risk factors and the occupational safety and health (OSH) issues associated with the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation (retrofitting) and demolition, and on-site waste collection. Some of these OSH risks are new compared with traditional construction sites and are associated with new (green) materials, technologies and/or design. Other risks are well known to the construction sector but they arise in new situations or combinations associated with green buildings and therefore demand particular consideration.
Examples of chemicals used in construction (e.g. crystalline silica and dust, isocyanate, asbestos, 8% boric acid (sodium tetraborate), fly ash etc);