Construction Health and Safety
Regulation 13 of the CDM 2015 Regulations places a duty on the Principal Contractor to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during the construction phase. This duty extends to ensure the protection of any persons working on a construction site by way of satisfying a number of provisions.
The wide-ranging areas covered by Regulation 13 can seem onerous for a Principal Contractor when programme, costs, and quality are also key drivers of any construction project. Safety For Design can assist by offering various solutions to aid the Principal Contractor in their planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating of health and safety in the construction phase.
Site Safety Support
Safety For Design believe firmly in providing solutions rather than finding problems. Our Site Safety Support role allows us to spend time on site, supporting the Principal Contractor in their management of health and safety.
The support we give can be entirely dependent on the contractor’s needs. Safety For Design can assist in helping develop the health & safety culture out on site by undertaking site walkovers and speaking to the personnel on site, providing advice to contractors on how elements of work can be undertaken safely where issues are seen.
We can also help complete site documentation such as writing and reviewing risk assessments and method statements; compiling induction registers; compiling lifting equipment registers; reviewing the Construction Phase Plan.
Bespoke Audits and Inspections
Regulation 13 of the CDM 2015 Regulations places a duty on the Principal Contractor to monitor the arrangements they put in place to manage health and safety and ensure they remain effective.
Safety For Design can undertake site auditing and inspections to assist the Principal Contractor in their monitoring. A site audit is an in-depth, qualitative review of all on site activities and documentation, whilst also providing a quantitative scoring system to assist with any internal targets the company may have. A site inspection is purely a quantitative review, providing a quicker snapshot of the site. Both products provide detailed recommendations for any areas observed which our advisors view as falling below the minimum standard. However, we also ensure recognition is given for any areas which go beyond the norm.
Should the Principal Contractor identify particular areas of concern on their site, Safety For Design can undertake more activity specific audits for areas such as asbestos removal and working at height.
We recommend a mixture of both audits and inspections be undertaken throughout the duration of construction works to provide the Principal Contractor with continuous monitoring against the standards they set.
Whilst every effort can be made to ensure the safety of those on site, accidents do still occur. Safety For Design believe that an accident investigation is not something to be treated as a tool for blame but something which can help companies improve their health and safety management.
Safety For Design can lead accident investigations gaining witness statements, key documentation, identifying root causes & contributory causes, and detailing the recommended actions to prevent reoccurrence. We can then work with the relevant parties to implement these recommendations, ensuring they address the causes identified.
Construction Phase Plans
A key document which the Principal Contractor must draw up to help plan, manage and monitor and coordinate health and safety during the construction phase, is the Construction Phase Plan. Regulation 12 of the CDM 2015 Regulations sets out the requirements for the Principal Contractor to write a Construction Phase Plan and keep it up date throughout the construction phase.
Safety For Design can assist the Principal Contractor by either writing the initial document or assisting the Principal Contractor in its development. Our extensive knowledge of a range of construction activities along with our experience of site auditing means we can highlight key areas of health & safety management and ensure the arrangements detailed in the Construction Phase Plan are robust. Through things such as our site support or our site auditing, we can then also assist the Principal Contractor in ensuring its effectiveness on site and also keeping it up to date.
Construction Fire Risk Assessment
Dependent on the type of construction work being undertaken, the management of construction site risk can be a significant safety aspect of the project. Regulation 29 of the CDM 2015 Regulations requires steps to be taken to prevent injury from fire whilst Regulation 32 extends this to detail the requirements for fire-fighting equipment and fire detection systems.
Particular types of construction are at significantly higher risk than others, these include timber frame structures and refurbishment works.
In order to determine the suitable and sufficient controls required, a fire risk assessment should be completed. Safety For Design can undertake this fire risk assessment and help identify the measures to mitigate the risk of injury from fire.
Risk Assessments and Method Statements
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, every employer has a duty to assess the risks to the health and safety of those they employ and those who may be affected by their undertakings. Principal Contractors must ensure this is the case for any persons on a construction site they directly employ, whether this be an engineer or the tele-handler driver. Whilst method statements are not legally required, they are widely recognised within the industry and when created with detail can provide further controls to help manage health and safety onsite.
Safety For Design can assist with the development or creation of risk assessments and method statements for both general and specific construction related activities.
Regulation 15 of the CDM 2015 Regulations sets out similar requirements for all contractors in relation to construction work. Safety For Design recommend that the Principal Contractor has arrangements in place for not only ensuring all contractors work are risk assessed but also that the control put in place are suitable and sufficient and are not generic. Safety For Design can assist the Principal Contractor by undertaking reviews of risk assessments and method statements and providing recommendations to the contractor on ways to improve their risk mitigation.