Promoting health in the construction industry?

C. Pritchard
Ann Marie McCarthy, University of Iowa


The construction industry has long been regarded as a high-risk industry in relation to health and safety issues. The purpose of this research was to investigate the extent of occupational health and safety provision within the residential development sector of the construction industry in Britain. An additional aim was to gauge the sectors' attitudes toward health promotion. Data were collected using a self-completed questionnaire that was sent to 200 residential developers; a 46% response rate was achieved. The results revealed a high level of knowledge of health and safety legislation; occupational health provision in the sector is low, but a strong appreciation was demonstrated of the value of such services. There was a low level of health promotion policy development in relation to the areas of alcohol, smoking, and skin cancer.