Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry

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Objectives

The purpose of the 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 eleven 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 remains 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.

The section therefore wishes to further develop a global and multidisciplinary approach of prevention of risks in the construction industry in order to

  • 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.

For more information please consult the standing orders of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry.

Structure

Its two executive bodies are the General Assembly and the Bureau. The General Assembly is composed of the members of the Section and shall meet once every three years. The Section's members elect the Bureau, which is composed of a Chairperson , four Vice-Chairpersons and a Secretary General.

The Section is funded by membership fees which are determined by the Bureau.

Board members

President

Karl-Heinz NOETEL
Senior Advisor, Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV)
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (BG BAU)
Schwarzer Weg 3
42117 Wuppertal
Germany  
T: +49 202 398 8205
E: karl-heinz.noetel@bgbau.de

Secretary General

Jean-Claude POIRIER
President
Association Services Amitié Solidarité Plus
BP 12
93261 Les Lilas, Cedex 01
France
T: +33 1 40 05 31 27
E: jean-claude.poirier@cramif.cnamts.fr

Technical Secretary

Bernd MERZ
Engineer and expert on prevention
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (BG BAU)
Hildegardstraße 29/30  
10715 Berlin
Germany
T: +49 30 85781 606
E: bernd.merz@bgbau.de

Vice-Presidents

Knut RINGEN    
Advisor
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)    
2610 SW 151st Place
Seattle, WA 98166
U.S.A.
T: +1 301 206 696 2224    
E: knutringen@msn.com

Adri FRIJTERS
Coordination Occupational Safety
TU Delft Safety & Security Institute
Jaffalaan 5
2628 BX DELFT
The Netherlands
T: +31 6 12104304
E: adri@a3-a.nl

Bruno VANDENWIJNGAERT
Director General
navb-cnac Constructiv
Koningsstraat/Rue Royale 132/4
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
T: +32 2 552 05 02
E: bruno.vandenwijngaert@constructiv.be

Manuel Antonio ERRÁZURIZ RUIZ-TAGLE
Vice-President
Mutual de Seguridad de la C.CH.C.
Av. Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 4850
Pisos 12-20, Estación Central
Santiago de Chile
Chile
E: aerrazuriz@maserrazuriz.cl

Gye-Wan BAE
Secretary General
Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA)
400, Jongga-ro, Jung-gu
Ulsan, 44429
Republic of Korea
E: bae5546@kosha.net

Bechir IRMANI
President Director General
Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie (CNAM)
12 Rue Abou Hamed El Ghazeli – Montplaisir
1073 Tunis
Tunisia
T: +216 71 951 880
E: bechir.irmani@cnam.nat.tn

Paul DUPHIL
Secretary General
Organisme Professionnel de Prévention du Batiment et des Travaux Publics (OPPBTP)
25 avenue du Général-Leclerc
92660 Boulogne-Billancourt
France
T : +33 1 46 09 26 57
E: cnsg@oppbtp.fr

 

Working Group

  • Vision Zero in Construction Industry

Contact Contact

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry
17-19, place de l’Argonne
FR - 75019 Paris
France
T: +33 1 40 05 38 02
F: +33 1 40 05 38 84

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