Construction Pollution Prevention

Construction Activity Pollution Prevention requires a lot of coordination and onsite management lending itself to potential overlap and collaboration opportunities between sustainability and safety. There are a number of parallels between safety supervision and construction activity pollution prevention that can make a jobsite and the surrounding community safer.

The following are a few examples:

  • Jobsite safety walks for exterior construction activities
  • Trip and fall protection during exterior groundwork and construction
  • Prevention of exposure to chemicals from leaks / spills
  • Dust control to keep particulates out of airways
  • Air quality associated with equipment emissions
  • Erosion and sedimentation control

Noise Exposure

The employer must have an annual training program for workers exposed to noise at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels and follow PPE standards.


Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • Why is this important?
  • Which trades require participation? How long is it in effect?
  • What equipment & materials are involved? How is it communicated & monitored?
  • How is it measured & reported?