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on 01 March 2009


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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