Factsheet for case AT-2020-13/588 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 26 March 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Case created||14 April 2020 (updated 11 January 2022)|
The Austrian government did not want to halt construction work in times of the pandemic, so the social partners in the construction sector worked out, in cooperation with the labour inspectorate, instructions on how to protect workers against the Coronavirus in the construction industry. This resulted in a guide that was published on 26 March 2020. It applies to all workers working on construction sites. The set of instructions complements the general COVID-19 protective measures (i.e. distance of at least one meter to each other; wash hands thoroughly; do not touch your face; cough in the bent elbows or sneeze in a handkerchief, which is then immediately disposed of) - see cases AT-2020-12/590 and AT-2020-12/589 in this database.
To comply with occupational hygiene on the construction site, sanitary measures must be taken in accordance with Section 34 and Section 35 of the Construction Worker Protection Ordinance (BauV).
Additional measures in the areas industrial hygiene; organisational measures; work equipment; risk groups; minimization obligation during transport; dormitories; and coordination of work must also be implemented:
The measure has to be applied on all construction sites.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The sectoral social partners in the construction industry developed this guide in cooperation with the labour inspectorate.
Social partners are supportive of the measure.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|F42 Civil engineering|
|F43 Specialised construction activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Building and related trades workers, excluding electricians|
|Drivers and mobile plant operators|
Eurofound (2020), Instructions from the social partners for dealing with construction sites due to COVID-19, case AT-2020-13/588 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.