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

Type of item
EU & international information
Country
EU
Year of publication
2013

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Description

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. Chemical risks are only briefly addressed. 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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Provider
Provider name (English)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Provider name (Original)
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered
Applying Surface Coatings
Construction
Installing or Removing Insulation
Biological hazard
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Fungi
Bacteria
Hazard - physical state
Dusts
Fibres
Hazard - health effects
Other
Exposure route
Other
Substance Description

Crystalline silica, dust, isocyanate, asbestos, boric acid (sodium tetraborate), fly ash

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
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Supervisor
Workers representatives