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Guide spreads safety message

A NEW guide to construction best practice in health and safety has been published with the aim of reducing accident rates in the European industry.

It is the latest initiative of the European Social Partners for the sector and was produced by the European Construction Industry Federation and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers.

The guide is aimed at helping companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and the firms they work with to raise awareness of accident risks and to develop a health and safety culture to prevent them.

It also seeks to aid more effective implementation of the directive on mobile construction sites (Directive 92/57/EEC).

The document sets out strategies for co-ordinating safety on construction sites and gives practical preventive measures for specific work areas, using photographs and diagrams for clarity.

Published in German, Danish, English, Spanish, French and Italian, the guide is in three parts.

Part 1: covers European and international laws and regulations on health and safety and summarises activities of the European social partners.

Part 2: sets out best practices for preventing accidents on construction sites and provides basic information about the incidence of accidents and sickness.

Part 3: presents photographs illustrating good practices , taking into account the different construction methods and techniques across Europe.

lThe best practice guide is available on the FIEC website:

www. fiec. org. For paper copies, email info@fiec. org. Comments on improving the guide will be considered for inclusion in the electronic version.

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