Contractor Support

CDM Advice for Contractors

CDM 2015 – Contractor

A Contractor is defined as anyone who directly employs or engages construction workers or manages construction work. Contractors include sub-contractors, self-employed workers or businesses that manage, carry out or control construction work.

As a Contractor you must ensure that you:

  • Ensure your Client is aware of their duties under the CDM Regulations 2015.
  • Check that all operatives you employ or use as sub-contractors, have the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the work.
  • Assess the training needs of all workers ongoing and provide further training if necessary.
  • If the project requires more than one Contractor on site, a Principal Contractor will be appointed.
  • If the project is notifiable, check that the Client has submitted an F10 Notification.
  • When a Principal Contractor is on site, you will need to liaise with the other Contractors to ensure safe working practices are followed – regular meetings/communication will enable this.
  • Competency check all sub-contractors regarding health and safety prior to work commencing and keep records.
  • For single Contractor projects you will need to prepare a Construction Phase Plan, prior to work commencing, describing how the health and safety issues will be managed and addressed during the construction phase.
  • Create suitable and sufficient risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) for the works, therefore providing health and safety measures to control the risks from all works.
  • Comply with directions from the Principal Contractor when there is more than one contractor on site and comply with the parts of the Construction Phase Plan that are relevant to your work.
  • Provide suitable welfare facilities.
  • Ensure all emergency arrangements on site are understood by all concerned.
  • Put in place a procedure for reporting near miss incidents, accidents or any unsafe working practices that may occur on site.
  • Take reasonable steps to prevent unauthorised access to work sites/equipment/materials and monitor this.
  • Contribute to the Health & Safety File as requested by the Principal Designer.

How MSP can help you

Our CDM Advisor offers comprehensive customer focused, individually tailored services and training, cover all aspects of the CDM Regulations 2015, ensuring peace of mind for YOU.

We offer:

  • Construction Safety and related Advisory Service to Clients, Principal Designers, Principal Contractors and Contractors
  • Assistance with the preparation of Principal Contractors’ Health & Safety Plans
  • Assistance with the preparation of Contractors’ Health & Safety Plans
  • Site Inspections and Safety Audits (pro active monitoring)
  • Advice on contents of the Health & Safety File required at project completion
  • Risk Assessment advice and support
  • Health & Safety Policy preparation
  • Assistance after HSE inspections resulting in Prohibition and Improvement Notices and F.F.I. (Fee for Intervention) investigations.

See our CDM information page for further information.