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Health & Safety
Health & Safety Policy for the United Reformed Church Thames North Synod.
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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulation (CDM 2015) came into force on 6th April 2015. These replace and update the 2007 regulations and are designed to be the main set of regulations for managing health, safety and welfare of construction projects.
Complying with CDM 2015 will help ensure that no-one is harmed during building work and that your building will be safe to use and maintain and should ensure that you have fewer unexpected costs and problems.
If a project is notifiable (more than 30 days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project or exceeds 500 person days on site), clients must sign a declaration (notification) to the Health & Safety Executive.
Clients Duty To Manage
CDM 2015 recognises that clients are not usually experts in construction work and although you would not be expected to actively manage or supervise construction work yourself, it does recognise that clients can have a big influence over the way in which work is carried out, as the client will decide which designer and contractor will carry out the work and how much money, time and resource is available. The decisions clients make have significant impact upon health, safety and welfare of workers and others affected by the work.
The Client (usually the elders) will need to ensure that the following 10 principles are followed before commencing design of a building project:
You will need to ensure that the designer and contractor are the right people for the job in hand. They will need to have skills, knowledge and experience to identify, reduce and manage health and safety risks within the design and into the Construction Phase Plan.
Ensure there are arrangements in place for managing and organising the project – The work is more likely to be done without harming anyone, and be on time, if it is properly planned and managed. The principal designer should understand the risks and try to avoid them within their design and the principal contractor will need to manage the risks on site. This will include, but not exclusively, managing risk for:
Notifying Construction Projects
For some construction work (work lasting longer than 30 days with more than 20 workers working at the same time, or involving 500 person days of work), you need to notify the HSE of the project as soon as possible before construction work starts. In practice, you may request someone else to do this on your behalf.
Why You Should Comply With Your Duties As Client
If you do not comply with CDM 2015, you are likely to influence the management of health and safety on your project. This means that your project could be putting workers and others at risk from harm, and that the finished structure may not achieve good standards or be good value for money.
If you don’t appoint a principal designer or principal contractor you will be responsible for the things they should have done!
A large print version of this document is available upon request. Contact Synod Office: 020 7799 5000
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