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.
Related Article – Principal Contractors Role