DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B62/S26.049


Z. Strukova, M. Kozlovska
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-21-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 6, Vol. 2, 379-386 pp

The Europe 2020 strategy sets target for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions is contributing mainly to the development of renewable energy technologies and activities to support energy efficiency, particularly in construction industry, as one of the sectors most directly linked to green or green economic activities. The assessment of the occupational hazards and risks that might be associated with new green technologies and related jobs is now becoming part of many discussions. The paper deals with the initiative of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work aimed at examination of the potential safety and health risks associated with the technologies being used in the development of “green jobs” that are becoming an important part of the construction labor workforce. Moreover, the occupational safety and health implications and scope for emergent risks in green construction technologies are discussed in the paper. The increasing drive towards green buildings is leading to innovative design and construction processes and the use of alternative materials and so development and greater implementation of new technologies. New work situations connected with new technologies, substances and work processes connected with the design and construction of buildings that have potential to reduce energy use may result in some emergent safety and health risks. Consideration should be given to the safety and health of those who build and maintain those designs and the mentioned risks should demand some approaches to ensure high level of occupational safety and health.

Keywords: green construction, green technology, sustainable construction, new technology, green job, safety and health