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Psychosocial risks in construction


This guide provides stakeholders and safety representatives with specific information on supporting prevention efforts in the workplace tailored to the construction industry’s needs and specific characteristics.

The European social partners for the construction industry have focused this initiative exclusively on work-related aspects that can lead to psychosocial risks. Of course, we also know that psychosocial diseases can comprise a range of elements, including those of a personal nature. However, we want to provide an action guide that would help to improve those aspects of work and work organisation that the social partners can influence directly. This guide focuses on preventing those aspects linked to relationships and structures in the workplace, not those linked to behaviour, as social partners at company level can directly influence work-related conditions.

As such, this guide comprises two parts.

• The first addresses the assessment of psychosocial risks at work and describes the various steps involved in a participation-oriented assessment process.

• The second part provides guidance on how to reduce stress in the various aspects of work.

Good planning and the proper involvement of workers in the assessment of psychosocial risks can optimise working conditions through priority preventive measures, thereby creating benefits for workers and employers.

This booklet is available in eight different languages.

We hope that this booklet will provide suggestions and support, as well as outlining simple ways to tackle this issue and foster working conditions so that construction becomes less burdensome and more satisfying for workers and employers, and more effective and of higher quality for companies.

The complete research report on psychosocial risks in construction work, on which the above-mentioned guide is based, is available in English