Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry

Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry


The purpose of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry is to promote study and research in various countries, facilitate the exchange between experts and the world of labour, and mobilize specialists for the elaboration of strategies, methods, as well as new instruments for action and analysis.

The section organizes technical meetings, studies, round tables, expert discussions and specialized meetings during ISSA Congresses and International Symposia on prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.

The Section on Prevention in the Construction Industry was founded in 1968 and is one of the 14 International Sections on Prevention.

During the 20th century, the construction sector went through considerable changes in the technical, economic and social fields. The design and use of new processes and the research for better architectural and functional quality as well as for new ways of work organization, are changing and influencing the construction industry.

Despite the undisputed progress, which may vary among countries, the prevention of injuries and promotion of occupational health still remain the main challenge in the construction industry.

The expansion and increasing interconnectedness of construction activities on a world-wide scale in the 21st century constitute a challenge to clients and project supervisors, architects and research departments, company managers and employees, managers and employee representatives, prevention experts – such as occupational physicians and engineers, safety specialists, occupational psychologists and ergonomists – working in both the public and private sectors.

The section therefore wishes to further develop a global and multidisciplinary approach of prevention of risks in the construction industry and to promote a Vision Zero approach in order to

  • detect needs and expectations in occupational safety and health,
  • design safety devices and measures, and co-ordinate their set-up,
  • develop tools to better anticipate and assess human, social and economical costs of occupational accidents and diseases.


Its two executive bodies are the General Assembly and the Board. The General Assembly is composed of the members of the Section and shall meet once every three years. The Section's members elect the Board, which is composed of a President, a Secretary General, a Technical Secretary, currently nine Vice-Presidents and a Honorary Vice-President.

The Section is funded by membership fees which are determined by the Board.

Board members


Karl-Heinz Noetel
Senior Advisor
German Social Accident Insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung - DGUV)
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (BG BAU)
T: +49 202 398 8205

Secretary General

Petra Jackisch
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (BG BAU)
T: +49 221 9673 171

Technical Secretary

Bernd Merz
Engineer and expert on prevention
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (BG BAU)
T: +49 30 85781 606

Honorary Vice-President

Jean-Claude Poirier
Occ Injury Victim Org
T: +33 1 49 42 90 10


Gye-Wan Bae
Secretary General
Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA)
Republic of Korea

Paul Duphil
Secretary General
Organisme Professionnel de Prévention du Batiment et des Travaux Publics (OPPBTP)
T : +33 1 46 09 26 57

Pieter van Gelder
Coordination Occupational Safety
Director of TU Delft Safety & Security Institute
T: +31 15 2786544

Bechir Irmani
President Director General
National Health Insurance Fund (Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie - CNAM)
T: +216 71 951 880

Fabrice Meeuw
Constructiv, Building on People
T: +32 2 210 03 22

Roberto Morrison Yonge
Cámara Chilena de la Construcción
T: +569 93199946

Dimitry Platygin
All Russia Research Institute for Labor
Russian Federation
T: +7 499 367 13 09

Knut Ringen   
United States
T: +1 206 696 2224    

Assane Soumare
Social Security Fund (Caisse de Sécurité Sociale)
T: +221 33 889 19 55