E-fact 70: Occupational safety and health issues associated with green buildings

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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.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Συλλογή, επεξεργασία και διάθεση αποβλήτων· ανάκτηση υλικών
ΚΑΤΑΣΚΕΥΕΣ
Κατασκευή δρόμων και σιδηροδρομικών γραμμών
Κατεδαφίσεις και προετοιμασία εργοταξίου
Δραστηριότητες κατασκευής στεγών
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Surface Coatings
Construction
Handling Plants
Installing or Removing Insulation
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Carcinogens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Heat
Cold
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

 Examples of chemicals used in construction (e.g. crystalline silica and dust, isocyanate, asbestos, 8% boric acid (sodium tetraborate), fly ash etc);

CAS Number: 
68131-74-8
14808-60-7
75-13-8
1332-21-4
1330-43-4
EC number: 
238-878-4
215-540-4
268-627-4
616-189-3
603-721-4
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Policy makers
Researchers
Safety officers
Supervisor
Workers representatives

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