Health and Safety Requirements

Client Requirements

Client duties include:

  • Employ competent designers and contractors to carry out the work

  • Appointment in writing, before design work starts, of a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the design process (PSDP), as required.

  • Appointment in writing, before construction work starts, of a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the construction process (PSCS), as required.

  • Co-operate with the project supervisor and supply necessary information;

  • Keep and make available the safety file (provided by the PSDP) for the completed structure. The safety file contains information on the completed structure that will be required for future maintenance or renovation.

  • Provide a copy of the safety and health plan prepared by the PSDP to every person tendering for the project.  In the case of projects on a domestic dwelling, it is sufficient for the Client to provide the plan to the PSCS when they have been appointed.

  • Notify the Authority where construction is likely to take more than 500 persons days or 30 working days.

Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)

The Project Supervisor Design Process must carry out the following tasks:

  • Identify hazards arising from the design or from the technical, organisational, planning or time related aspects of the project

  • Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risk

  • Communicate necessary control measures, design assumptions, or remaining risks to the PSCS so they can be dealt with in the Safety and Health Plan

  • Ensure that the work of designers is co-ordinated to ensure safety

  • Organise co-operation between designers

  • Prepare a written safety and health plan for any project where construction will take more than 500 person days or 30 working days or there is a Particular Risk and deliver it to the client prior to the commencement of work

  • Prepare a safety file for the completed structure and give it to the client

  • Notify the Authority and client of non-compliance with any written directions issued

  • The PSDP may issue directions to designers or contractors or others

Designer Requirements

Designers must carry out the following duties:

  • Identify any hazards that your design may present during construction and subsequent maintenance

  • Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risk e.g. can roof-mounted equipment be placed at ground level or can guard-rails be provided to protect workers from falling?

  • Communicate necessary control measures, design assumptions or remaining risks to the PSDP so they can be dealt with in the Safety and Health Plan

  • Co-operate with other designers and the PSDP or PSCS

  • Take account of any existing safety and health plan or safety file

  • Comply with directions issued by the PSDP or PSCS

  • Where no PSDP has been appointed, inform the client that a PSDP must be appointed

  • The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires designers to ensure that the project is capable of being designed and constructed to be safe and without risk to health, can be maintained safely and complies with all relevant health and safety legislation

  • If design work is being undertaken on a person’s domestic dwelling then the designer must demonstrate to the Client that they are competent to carry out the work and have allocated or will allocate the adequate resources to complete the project in a safe manner.

Contractors Requirements

Contractors must carry out the following duties:

  • Co-operate with the PSCS

  • Provide any site specific information or relevant extract of your safety statement to the PSCS

  • Promptly provide the PSCS with information required for the safety file

  • Comply with directions of Project Supervisors

  • Report accidents to the Authority and to the PSCS where an employee cannot perform their normal work for more than three days

  • Comply with site rules and the safety and health plan and ensure that your employees comply

  • Identify hazards, eliminate the hazards, or reduce risks during construction

  • Facilitate the Site Safety Representative

  • Ensure that relevant workers have a safety awareness card and a construction skills card where required

  • Provide workers with site specific induction

  • Appoint a safety officer where there are more than 20 on site or 30 employed

  • Consult workers and Safety Representatives

  • Monitor compliance and take corrective action.

  • When undertaking work on a person’s domestic dwelling the contractor must demonstrate to the Client that they are competent to carry out the work and that they have allocated or will allocate adequate resources to ensure that the project will be completed safely.

  • When undertaking work on a domestic dwelling a contractor must inform the Client of their duties to appoint Project Supervisors for all projects that require them and where no appointments have been made.

see Approved Form - AF1

see Approved Form - AF2