One of the major challenges of the construction industry is to ensure the safety and health of workers performing various tasks and activities, often associated with a dynamic high-risk working environment. In many cases, accidents in the construction industry are potentially very serious, as related to daily activities such as working at height, working in confined spaces, being exposed to airborne and physical hazards and many more. It concerns every worker on a construction site whether directly employed by the main contractor or sub-contractors. An additional challenge in this special industry derives from the dynamic of different cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and work experience. Exchange of information and best practice becomes ever more important as part of the continuous process of improvement in managing safety and health on a construction site. Common efforts in improving safety and health of the worker shall not only apply to those employed directly by the big companies but also by SMEs.


Conclusions of the webinar


 EU COMMISSION LOGO    Roman Horvath  


Mr. Roman Horvath - Policy officer - European Construction Sector Observatory

Overview of construction market in Europe

The speaker representing the European Commission will provide an overview of the construction sector in Europe, from its outlook to its challenges, with a specific focus on health and safety at work. The presentation will also provide an overview of the role and the analyses of the European construction sector observatory (ECSO), an EU initiative aiming at carrying out comparative assessments on the construction sector in all 27 EU countries and the UK. 

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MDott. A. Terracina – Contarp - INAIL Italian Worker Compensation Authorities 

The social control in the workplace: the Italian experience

Italian collective agreement for different production sectors establishes joint committees between Employers and Union to deal with different common issue such as OH&S matters. The OH&S Italian most important law, D.lgs 81/08, gave the opportunities to joint committees to verify and “certify” the adoption of “OH&S organizational model” which can be based on OHSAS:18001 (and UNI ISO 45001:18) or on Italian UNI -INAIL OH&S MS guidelines. The construction sector joint committee was the first one, strongly supported by INAIL, to promote a UNI standard containing the rules for such an unusual “certification” with the aim to strengthen the collaboration among companies and their social representatives in order to promote safe and healthy workplaces.


OSHA campaign partner


  Adam Sekowski


Mr. Adam Sękowski - QHSE Director, Headquarter, Quality, Safety, Environment & Internal Control Department, Eiffage 

A commitment to safety - best practice in construction

The safety of employees is undoubtedly a strategic priority for construction companies, but despite the current legislation, the individual approach of the employer is the main driver for an effective implementation. The exchange of experience between industry experts is key for constructive change and a practice that should be strongly promoted. One example is the communication for safety in construction in Poland, that brings together the leaders of this industry. Jointly developed recommendations and contacts with the Labour Inspectorate are a way of improving working conditions. Good practices gathered in the form of a code of safe working at height developed by national experts, including practical guidance for various activities, are the starting point for completing the technical requirements of the legislation.

                                               virtual coffee break     (10 min)

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Mr Reinhold Rühl ETUC-EFBWW

Today's health and safety challenges for the construction industry: the use of respiratory protection in construction work

The speaker will present practical implementation of effective respiratory protection incl. the key challenges and regulatory requirements. The proper selection and then adjustment & face seal of respiratory protection equipment is a much broader issue than silica. The respiratory risks in construction relate to wood dusts, asbestos, chemical agents, dusts and gases of bituminous origin and many others. It will cover short introduction on diseases, protective measures and wearing respiratory protection on construction sites.

 Park Health and Safety Partnership   Eric Ball


Mr. Eric Ball - Park Health and Safety Partnership LLP

Typical construction workers diseases
How to support the workers, prevention – Silica dust 

Using exposure to respirable crystalline silica as an example, this presentation will tell the story of how Park Health and Safety operates a holistic occupational health management strategy on major construction projects in the UK.

                                                 Q&A sessions

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OSHA campaign partner

   Henk Vanhoutte  


Mr. Henk Vanhoutte - Secretary General European Safety Federation 

Final remark by the moderator with a 'call for action'

Conclusions of the webinar





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