Contractors must raise game on training, supervision and information
Commentators on the new CDM Regulations 2015 have focused on enhanced Client duties; abolition of the CDM Coordinator; and appointment of a Principal Designer on multi-contractor projects. However, changes are also being made to the duties of ALL Contractors.
CDM 2015 requires that all workers employed by, or under the control of, a contractor have the necessary skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the allocated tasks in a manner which secures the health and safety of any person working on site.
The new regulations therefore start from the position that a contractor may not employ or appoint a person to work on site unless that person has, or is in the process of obtaining, the necessary skills etc. for the task.
Trained and skilled workers also require site induction etc.
A contractor must also provide each worker under their control with appropriate supervision, instructions and information so that construction work on the project can be carried out without risks to health and safety.
The information provided must include a Site Induction, where not already provided by a principal contractor, and the procedures to be followed in the event of serious and imminent danger to health and safety.
Information on risks to health and safety are also required as identified by the contractor risk assessment or arising out of the conduct of another contractor’s undertaking and of which the contractor in control of the worker ought reasonably to be aware.
A Site Induction which is suitable for the project and work undertaken will be required on ALL construction projects – including those undertaken for ‘domestic’ clients.