Building on mental strength!
Preventing psychosocial risks in the construction industry.
RD – 10/2019
significance of psychosocial illnesses in the constantly changing world of work
and the necessary preventive measures cannot be neglected. The problem of
psychosocial stress is now increasingly being dealt with by the construction industry.
this backdrop, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and
the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) recently joined forces in
a joint project to publish a good practice guide to psychosocial risks in the construction industry.
guide has already been translated into several European languages and has been
well received by stakeholders at international level. It is intended to serve
as a tool for good practice, risk assessment and risk reduction. The guide is
addressed to employers, project managers and coordinators as well as workers
and worker representatives.
construction site, as a workplace, is particularly challenging. In contrast to
other static workplaces, a construction site is constantly changing.
Construction is mobile and is carried out under constantly changing climatic
conditions. Construction itself changes the environment permanently and is
confronted with different kinds of technologies, which are often not standardised.
to the report, psychosocial risk factors include tighter deadlines and coordinating
with other trades. The guide is a tool for identifying risk factors and
developing individual measures and can be used universally in various areas. For
example, the guide can be used to develop unbureaucratic risk assessments.
diversity of the world of work requires action to be taken. The German Social
Accident Insurance Institution for the Building Trade has already dealt with
this issue and published helpful advice and
guides (German only) for its insured persons and