KAN Report 43
|Safety of construction products and their use, 07/2009, B. Ziegenfuß (4 MB)|
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The present study examines 47 standards pursuant to the Construction Products Directive regarding product safety aspects during different phases of construction products' life-cycles. The study contains proposals for improvements from an OSH perspective to the individual standards under consideration. It recommends that product safety requirements be incorporated into the new European Construction Products Regulation, and that generic standards be employed in order for product safety aspects to be submitted with little effort to the standardization process of construction products.
The background to the study is that the European Construction Products Directive governs product requirements for construction products only with regard to the completed structure. Health and safety requirements therefore apply only to structures during the use phase. The risks to employees occurring during manufacture (processes on the construction site), handling (transport, installation), use and disposal of construction products in the construction phase and during demolition/recycling are not covered by the directive. These risks are in some cases substantially greater and more complex.
The omission from the directive of these different phases in the life cycle of a construction product – with the exception of the use phase in the completed structure – gives rise to a significant safety deficit for some products. This situation is not conducive to improving the difficult situation in the construction sector regarding the safety and health of employees.