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Principal Contractor Support

The CDM regulations have placed specific duties on the Principal Contractor, and due to the change in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations in 2015 this now includes domestic projects.

 The CDM 2015 regulations put a duty on the Principal Contractor to:

 · “plan, manage and monitor the construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the construction phase to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, construction work is carried out without risks to health or safety.”

 · Take into consideration the health and safety risks of everyone coming into contact with the work (including deliveries and members of the public) in their planning and measures to control the risks.

 · Liaise with the Client and Principal Designer for the duration of the project in order to effectively manage all foreseeable risks.

 · Prior to starting work prepare a construction phase plan. Implement the plan and regularly review and revise it to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

 · Have arrangements in place in order to effectively manage health and safety throughout the construction phase.

 · Consult the workforce regarding their health, safety and welfare.

 · Ensure the welfare facilities provided are suitable and sufficient for the people on site and that they are in place for the full duration of the project.




· Ensure that all appointed sub-contractors have been sufficiently vetted to assess that they have the required skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capacity to undertake their work without risk to health and safety.

 · Ensure that all workers receive a site specific site induction and any further information and training that they require.

 · Take sufficient steps to securing the site preventing unauthorised access

 · Liaise with the Principal Designer to ensure they are kept aware of any risks pertaining to the pre-construction phase.

 · When working for a domestic client the Principal Contractor will normally take on the duties of the Client as well as that of the Principal Contractor. If the domestic Client does not appoint a Principal Contractor then the role of Principal Contractor will default to the contractor in control of the construction phase.

 SQE can assist the Principal Contractor by developing the Construction Phase Plan, preparing ongoing site specific documentation including risk assessments, method statements and assist in assessing the competence of sub-contractors. We regularly provide a full time presence on site or site inspections depending on the Clients requirements.

For more information on how we can assist with your on site health and safety or documentation requirements please contact us or call 029 2036 2033



T: 029 2036 2033 E: info@sqe.ltd.uk