The purpose of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry is to promote study and research in various countries, facilitate the exchange between experts and the world of labour, and mobilize specialists for the elaboration of strategies, methods, as well as new instruments for action and analysis. The section organizes technical meetings, studies, round tables, expert discussions and specialized meetings during ISSA Congresses and International Symposia on prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. The Section on Prevention in the Construction Industry was founded in 1968 and is one of the thirteen International Sections on Prevention. During the 20th century, the construction sector went through considerable changes in the technical, economic and social fields. The design and use of new processes and the research for better architectural and functional quality as well as for new ways of work organization, are changing and influencing the construction industry. Despite the undisputed progress, which may vary among countries, the prevention of injuries and promotion of occupational health still remain the main challenge in the construction industry. The expansion and increasing interconnectedness of construction activities on a world-wide scale in the 21st century constitute a challenge to clients and project supervisors, architects and research departments, company managers and employees, managers and employee representatives, prevention experts – such as occupational physicians and engineers, safety specialists, occupational psychologists and ergonomists – working in both the public and private sectors.
- Detect needs and expectations in occupational safety and health.
- Design safety devices and measures, and co-ordinate their set-up.
- Develop tools to better anticipate and assess human, social and economical costs of occupational accidents and diseases.
Karl-Heinz NOETEL, Senior Advisor, German Statutory Accident Insurance(DGUV) and Employer's Liability Insurance Association for the Construction Industry(BG BAU).
Petra JACKISCH, Employer's Liability Insurance Association for the Construction Industry (BG BAU).