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on 01 March 2009

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Duties of Contractors

What Contractors must do for all Projects (Part 2 CDM Regulations)
Contractors must ensure:

  • Clients are aware of their duties.
  • Not start work until they have obtained the pre-construction information from the client (or PC).
  • Plan, manage and monitor their own work to make sure that their workers are safe.
  • Ensure they and those they appoint are competent and adequately resourced.
  •  Inform any contractor they engage, of the minimum time they have for planning & preparation.
  • Provide workers (employed or self-employed) with any necessary information, training & induction.
  • Report anything that they are aware of that is likely to endanger the H&S of themselves or others.
  • Ensure that any design work they do complies with CDM design duties.
  • Comply with the duties for site health and safety.
  • Co-operate and co-ordinate 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.

What Contractors must do for all Notifiable Projects (Part 3 of the CDM Regulations) –
Additional duties for Notifiable projects:

  • Check that a CDM co-ordinator has been appointed and HSE notified before they start work.
  • Co-operate with the principal contractor, CDM co-ordinator and others working on the project.
  • Tell 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 he appoints or engages.
  • 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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Now in his second decade as a chartered health and safety consultant, David provides how-to articles, advice and guidance to make compliance easier for construction professionals, Architects and the built environment. When David is not helping clients with his unique mix of knowledge and experience, he enjoys being a good dad, a good partner and prefers drinking wine to beer. Known to be good with compliance and a corkscrew. You can get in touch on social media Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

Now in his second decade as a chartered health and safety consultant, David provides how-to articles, advice and guidance to make compliance easier for construction professionals, Architects and the built environment. When David is not helping clients with his unique mix of knowledge and experience, he enjoys being a good dad, a good partner and prefers drinking wine to beer. Known to be good with compliance and a corkscrew. You can get in touch on social media Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

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