Construction workers are exposed to considerable hazards carrying a health risk, e.g., dusts, fumes, noise and manual handling, yet there is often poor occupational health service provision particularly for subcontracted labourers.
This paper presents seven case studies from large, engineering construction organizations, concerning current practice in occupational health management.
The results supported the fact that data and records regarding health-related absence were limited and inconsistent, and that little existed in terms of medicals and health surveillance, particularly in the case of subcontracted workers.
The main difficulties envisaged were reported to be the sizeable costs involved ; the temporary and mobile work force ; demonstrating cost-benefits to top management and a lack of interest amongst workers, perhaps exacerbated by the threat of lost livelihood.
Managers also admitted limited health expertise and knowledge of the wider role health professionals could play in health management.
Training and further research in this area are indicated.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête, Organisation, Médecine travail, Industrie construction, Homme, Sous traitance, Coût, Surveillance, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Survey, Organization, Occupational medicine, Construction industry, Human, Subcontracting, Costs, Surveillance, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0295373
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 27/11/1998.