Construction: Fighting Infectious Diseases Requires a Fresh Approach

Construction Workers may be at an increased risk from exposure to infectious diseases on construction projects due to unsanitary conditions associated with toilets, clean-up facilities, and food handling.  

Poor sanitation is a major cause of the spread of disease.  In order to prevent and control occupational health risks, evaluate your construction projects to determine areas that are prone to the spread of infectious disease.

Consider the following safe work practices for construction projects pertaining to safe drinking water, hand washing, sanitary toilets and proper food services (if available):

Promote individual responsibility to reduce the spread of infectious diseases:

For more information, please contact Risk Consultant Paul O’Connor at

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