Do you know your responsibilities for managing Health and Safety on your project?

Do you know your responsibilities for managing Health and Safety on your project?

Most people and organisations who contract builders or architects are not experts when it comes to construction regulations. Yet recent changes to the law place legal demands on you in relation to health and safety requirements.

The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations came into force on 6 April 2015.The key changes you as the client to be aware of are:

  • A construction phase plan will be required for all projects.
  • If there is more than one contractor on site, the client MUST appoint a principal contractor and/or principal designer, as well as keep a health and safety file.
  • Construction phase co-ordination duties will remain with the Principal Contractor, but responsibility for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety, will now go to a Principal Designer instead of a CDM Coordinator.
  • The client must notify the HSE (F10 notification) if a project runs for 30 days or more, AND has more than 20 persons on site, OR exceeds 500 person days.

For a quick overview of what these changes will mean for you and your project, take a look at this simple infographic or a short video from the CITB.

We fully understand the new regulations and the responsibilities on all those involved in a project. If you need guidance on appointing a principal designer to manage pre-construction phase health and safety of your project, give us a call today.

A downloadable guide to the CDM regulations can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.