Duties on contractors and self-employed workers


Duties on contractors and self-employed workers

Check clients are aware of their duties:

  • Plan, manage and monitor their own work to make sure that their workers are safe.
  • Ensure that they and those they appoint are competent and adequately resourced.
  • Inform any contractor that they engage, of the minimum amount of time they have for planning and preparation.
  • Provide their  workers  (whether  employed  or  self-employed)  with  any  necessary information and training and induction.
  • Report anything that they are aware of that is likely to endanger the health and safety of themselves or others.
  • Ensure that any design work they do complies with CDM designer duties.
  • Comply with the duties for site health and safety.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with others working on the project.
  • Consult the workforce.
  • Not begin work unless they have taken reasonable steps to prevent unauthorised access to the site.
  • Obtain specialist advice (e.g. from a structural engineer or occupational hygienist) where necessary.
  • Check that a CDM coordinator has been appointed and that have been HSE notified before they start work (for notifiable projects only).
  • Cooperate with the principal contractor, CDM coordinator and others working on the project.
  • Inform the principal contractor about risks to others created by their work.
  • Comply with any reasonable directions from the principal contractor.
  • Work in accordance with the construction phase plan.
  • Inform the principal contractor of the identity of any contractor they appoint or engage.
  • Inform the principal contractor of any problems with the plan or risks identified during their work that have significant implications for the management of the project.
  • Inform the  principal  contractor  about  any  death,  injury,  condition  or  dangerous occurrence.
  • Provide information for the health and safety file.

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