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A systematic review of factors influencing the implementation of health promotion programs in the construction industry

journal contribution
posted on 2022-06-24, 00:00 authored by T Fuller, Abid HasanAbid Hasan, Imriyas KamardeenImriyas Kamardeen
Purpose: The construction industry has a poor reputation for an unhealthy lifestyle and a high prevalence of health problems such as obesity, stress and hypertension among construction workers. The review examines the factors influencing the design and delivery of health promotion programs implemented by construction organisations to educate workers and promote a healthy lifestyle. It also identifies gaps in research and practices and proposes directions for future research. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review of 51 relevant journal articles published during 2010–2019 was undertaken to achieve the aim of the study. Findings: The review reveals 46 different factors grouped into four major themes related to individuals, organisations, industry and the program, influencing the successful implementation of health promotion programs. The top ten most cited factors are cost, time, facilities and resources, transient workforce, delivery method, influence from managers, long working hours, masculine culture, production pressure and interest. The review also found a noticeable lack of studies on implementing health promotion programs in the context of developing countries, small and medium-sized construction organisations, residential sector workers, and construction professionals and female workers. Research limitations/implications: The review's scope is limited to research on health promotion programs, and it did not investigate the factors affecting the health of construction workers in construction projects. Practical implications: A better understanding of various influencing factors present at different decision levels will inform the future implementation of targeted workforce health promotion strategies to foster construction workers' health and well-being. Originality/value: The review reveals bottlenecks that need to be addressed to successfully implement health promotion programs in the construction industry. It provides new insights that can improve existing health and workplace policies and health promotion programs in the construction industry. Finally, it identifies new research directions in a neglected but crucial area of workers' health and safety management.



Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management






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Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal