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Health and Safety Legislation

According to the Health and Safety at work act, if your business employs 5 or more employees, by law you must have:

  • A written health and policy statement
  • Adequate first aid facilities
  • Make the workplace safe and without risk to health
  • Keep dust fumes and noise under control
  • Ensure machinery in use is safe
  • Control dangerous substances
  • Provide adequate welfare facilities
  • Carry out Health and safety training and provide supervision as necessary
  • Written risk assessments
  • We can help you implement the necessary policies to meet the legal requirements
  • Fire Safety Assessments

The following statutory acts and regulations, as necessary, should form part of a Company Health and Safety policy.

 

  • Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • The Factories Act 1961
  • The Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007
  • Regulatory reform Order (Fire Precautions) Regulations 2005.
  • Gas safety (Management) Regulations 1996
  • Safety in the Use of Abrasive Wheels 2000
  • Storage of Highly Flammable Liquids in Containers 1998.
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995/2013
  • Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1998
  • Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
  • Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
  • Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983/98
  • Control of Noise at work Regulations 2005
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
  • Health and safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981/2013
  • Control of Pollution Act
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Hazardous Waste (England & Wales Regulations) 2011
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Workplace Exposure Limits EH40/2005 with revisions

 

There are other acts, regulations, statutes, etc. and or revision or amendment thereto, HSE guidance notes and codes of practice applicable to the operation of a Company.

N.B. This is not deemed to be an exhaustive list but includes the main regulations.

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CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2015

1              THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE IF OFFERED AS AN AID TO MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2015

 

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 2 LEGISLATION

 L153 – Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

 3.             HSE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS, etc.

The HSE Web site contains numerous documents and clarifications on the CDM Regulations.

The CITB has produced Guidance on the responsibility of each role

 4.             ARRANGEMENTS

                 The CDM Regulations apply to all projects, The Company may be involved in any or all of the roles of the Principal Designer, Designer, the Principal Contractor, or as a Contractor and it undertakes its relative responsibilities with regard to health and safety as outlined below. The Company may also undertake the role of the client’s professional Team and in this instance will provide guidance and assistance to the Client to make sure the Client understands and fulfills their responsibility.

 4.1.0       AS THE PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

 4.1.1       When The Company has a design responsibility the Client may appoint The Company as the Principal Designer.

4.1.2       The Company shall liaise with the Client to provide the Pre-Construction information for issue to all contractors.

4.1.3       Shall liaise with all other Designers to ensure compliance to the safety requirements of the project and will take responsibility for designs carried out outside the UK.

4.14        Shall produce the Health and Safety File at commencement, update during the work and finalise it for issue to the Client on project Completion unless the role is finalised earlier when the Health and Safety File shall be issued to the Principal Contractor for completion.

 4.2.0       AS THE DESIGNER

 4.2.1       When The Company has a design responsibility on a project, all designs consider the health and safety implications of the design. When abnormal issues are identified the Designer shall draw attention to any potential risk either on the drawings, in the adjoining specification or both. The design shall take into account potential hazards and risks that may be present during the installation, commissioning, cleaning, maintenance, and ultimately the plant removal (demolition) stages of a project.

4.2.2       During the design process The Company seeks to remove or minimise the hazard and risk, as far as it is reasonably practical to do so.

4.2.3       Shall liaise with the Principal Designer throughout the design phases to ensure the project is safe to build, maintain, and demolish.

 4.3.0       The Company AS THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR

 4.3.1       When undertaking the role of the Principal Contractor The Company takes the preconstruction information and uses it to develop the construction stage health and safety plan for the project which will include the co-ordination of the activities with other site contractors, involved in the project. The Plan will be finalised in arrangement with the Principal Designer, Specifically it: -

4.3.2       Ensures that only competent and adequately resourced contractors are engaged to carry out the work when it is to be sub-contracted.

4.3.3       Ensures the effective co-ordination and co-operation of and between contractors.

4.3.4       carries out Site Induction for all workers.

4.3.5       Obtains from contractors the findings of their risk assessments, and details of how they intend to carry out high-risk operations.

4.3.6       Identifies site hazards and risks and places signs (pictograms) and barriers as necessary to prevent access, etc. The Company also ensures that contractors have information about the hazards which may be encountered on site.

4.3.7       Ensures that workers on site have been given adequate training.

4.3.8       Ensures that contractors and workers comply with any site rules which may have been set out in the health and safety plan.

4.3.9       Monitors health and safety performance throughout the project site in all areas.

4.3.10     Ensures that all workers are properly informed and consulted.

4.3.11     Ensures that only authorised people are allowed onto the project site

4.3.12     Ensures the Client displays a copy of the notification of the project provided to the HSE when relevant (on Form F10 rev registered via the HSE web site on-line)).

4.3.13     Displays a copy of other statutory health and safety notices.

4.3.14     Provides reports as necessary to the HSE on reportable accidents, dangerous occurrences, and ill health.

4.3.15     Passes information to the Principal Designer for the health and safety file ongoing and on completion of its contracted activities on site.

4.3.16     Takes delivery of the Health and safety File from the Principal Designer when the Principal Designer leaves the project before the end of the project. The Principal Contractor shall gather all relevant information and update the Health and Safety file and issue to the Client on project completion.

 4.4.0       The Company AS A CONTRACTOR

                 When it performs the role of ‘a contractor’ The Company provides to the Principal Contractor health and safety information about its contracted site activities, and those of its contractors, and the steps it will take to manage and control the hazards and risks. This will normally include the preparation of ‘safe system of working method statements’ for the activities which are to be undertaken, ‘hazard risk assessments’ and requests for client approved and signed ‘permits to work’ where appropriate. It also provides a copy of its own health and safety policy document to cover site activity.

                 The Principal Contractor is responsible for the co-ordination of the work being undertaken by The Company with that of other contractors and also the co-ordination of health and safety in the area being developed.

                 When undertaking the role of a contractor, The Company:-

 4.4.1       Manages its work so that it complies with the rules in the construction stage project health and safety plan and the directions received from the Principal Contractor.

4.4.2       Provides information to the principal contractor about injuries, dangerous occurrences, and ill health.

4.4.3       Establishes safe system of working methods for its own activities and those of its contractors.

4.4.4       Provides information and training for its employees.

4.4.5       Ensures that its contractors and its contracted employees comply fully with these requirements.

4.4.6       Passes information for the Principal Designer for inclusion in the health and safety file during its contracted activities on site.

 SECTION FIVE      ARRANGEMENTS ACTING AS THE CLIENTS REPRESENTATIVE.

 5.1          The ultimate responsibility for implementation of CDM2015 rests with the ultimate Client. The Company will ensure that Clients understand their responsibility and discharge it correctly; this includes notification on an F10 when necessary. The Company will act on the clients behalf only on the understanding that the Client is ultimately fully responsible for his designated responsibilities as defined in CDM2015 which includes the provision of pre-construction information.

5.2          Where The Company is responsible for activities to be undertaken at a Clients’ site these will be supervised by a designated Site Manager, Project Director or Project Manager

                 Every person working on or visiting a client project site has health and safety duties and responsibilities. The Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974 and other legislation including the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the CDM Regulations, define the duties upon clients, designers, contractors, and visitors.

5.3          The Company shall ensure that a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor has been appointed and shall ensure that site work does not commence until the necessary Welfare facilities are available on site and an acceptable Construction Phase Safety Plan has been produced and approved.

5.4          The Company shall ensure that the Client is made aware of the scope of the project in terms of project time scales and size of workforce to ensure that notification can be made to the HSE on-line under an F10 when the project contains more than 500 man days or is longer than 30 days and will have more than 20 persons on site at any one time.

5.5          It is the policy of The Company that all client site work areas will be designated ‘hard hat’ areas and all other appropriate personal protective equipment shall be worn by all persons visiting or carrying out tasks in a designated work area.

5.6          Designated work and storage areas will be clearly identified and cordoned off in the manner most appropriate to the situation having due regard to all persons safety, health and welfare, and security of material and equipment, as directed by the The Company Site Manager and/or Project Manager. Warning and identification signs will be displayed at the entrance(s) and other significant locations as required by the client and statutory regulations.

5.7          regular health and safety inspections ARE carried out by the The Company Site Manager/Project Engineer.

5.8          In the event that any hazardous situation is identified, work in the area must stop immediately. An action plan is discussed, with the Client as necessary, to make safe the work area before work is resumed. Authority to stop work can be issued by a Director, Project Manager, Site Engineer, or Safety Adviser.

5.9                          In the event that work is stopped due to the failure of an employee to work in accordance with the relevant method statement and risk assessment, or an employee is disregarding safety requirements, disciplinary action may be implemented in accordance with the Company terms and conditions of employment.

5.10                        The Company shall ensure that the Principal Designer, or Principal Contractor if the Principal Designer role has completed, provide the Health and Safety File to the Client

 SECTION SIX       COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

 6.1          When appointing Companies to carry out construction work Commercial Clients must formally appoint a Principal Designer (E.G. Architect or similar) this appointment is critical and carried with a high degree of responsibility for the design and build of the works.

6.2          As a client you must product a set of pre-construct information to identify the work to be done, the hazards of the site and any site rules necessary to ensure the work can be done safely. The information should be coordinated with the Principal Designer to ensure you are both comfortable with the information.

6.3          When the project is to commence you must formally appoint a Principal Contractor to carry out the works. The Principal Contractor must produce a project Health and Safety Plan which should be checked by the Principal Designer. This must be done prior to start on site.

6.4          Failure to formally a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor results in the Client taking full responsibility for the project works.

 SECTION SEVEN                DOMESTIC CLIENTS

 7.1          The roles of Principal Designer and principal Contractor have to be assumed by the Designer and trades persons employed. The Domestic Client has no responsibility for the construction works.

7.2          Note that a Domestic Client is a Householder and NOT a developer or other professional having work done on a domestic premises.

7.3          All trades working on domestic premises have similar requirements to all other projects in that they must produce a construction phase safety plan and risk assessments/safe methods of work at all times.

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