This manual instructs a desirable behavior in relation to safety, health and welfare conditions on construction sites. It teaches possible solutions to the problems that one may encounter. It covers many aspects of the work on construction sites, such as: safety organization and management, site planning and layout, excavations, scaffolding and use of ladders, hazardous processes, movement of materials, working positions, tools and equipment, working environment, personal protective equipment, and welfare facilities.
The training is addressed mainly to employees in the construction sector, that is: workers, worker representatives and supervisors. It is indicated that the manual is also useful for employers and managers, while important parts of the content (questions, illustrations and checklist) can be used for training purposes.
The manual (134 pages) can be downloaded and can be printed for immediate use.
The manual presents a lot of situations and recommendations for safe work and a safe work environment. On every topic, questions are presented that test whether the essentials are kept. No answer sheets are provided for these questions are provided. However, the answers can be found in the text.
Original Authors: Many. Assistance by Victor Jordan (HSE, UK) and help of Noha Karanuh and Igor Losavio (illustrations)
Original affiliation, ownership: International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland.
Year of publication:
Charge for use or free: Free of charge
- Workers or managers; or in vocational training
Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals: More or less useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training
Time demand to complete the lesson or course: Not indicated, probably several days if all questions are answered and checked for correctness.
Intellectual property and copyright:
Before downloading, changing, disseminating and/or using the lessons and courses, please look carefully at the conditions given by the authors or owners of the materials related to copyright or creative common conditions or other conditions for the downloading, changing, further dissemination and kind of use of the materials (non-commercial vs. commercial).
In the manual, it is indicated that “Publications of the International Labour Office enjoy copyright under Protocol 2 of the Universal Copyright Convention. Nevertheless, short excerpts from them may be reproduced without authorization, on condition that the source is indicated.” Despite these possible limiting rights on reproduction or translation, the manual can be downloaded freely from the ILO website.