CDM Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan
Why do I need a construction phase health and safety plan?
Quite simply it is the go-to document for all things health and safety while on site. It needs to be prepared way before construction begins and it should be amended and added throughout the course of the construction project
The construction phase health and safety plan should be compiled by the Principal Contractor and initially submitted to the client for review with tender submission. The plan should set out how health and safety is to be managed and the level of detail provided should be appropriate to the risks.
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The first section should be called Project details and include the following
Project Description – This is the program details, any key dates, time required for mobilisation
Name, Address, Contact information for the following parties
Any additional contacts relevant to the Scheme
Details of existing records relevant to the H&S of the project
(i.e. relating to existing services, structures, constructions materials, survey data etc.)
Next up is the management of work section
Management structure & responsibilities – Who are the individuals involved with the project, including details of their delegated responsibilities and contact information
Health and safety goals for the project – Including SMART objectives – (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound), monitoring and review arrangements)
Then we move on to the arrangements section, this should include details of arrangements and communications in place for the following;
Liaison between all parties including landowners, residents etc.
Consultation with workforce
Exchange of design information
Handling design changes, approvals etc.
Selection and control of contractors
Exchange of health and safety information
Site security and responsibility for it
Site induction – Record retention, and verification
On-site training – Toolbox talks etc., record retention and verification
Welfare facilities and first aid
RIDDOR notifications to HSE and project team
Production and approval of site information
And also include details of arrangements and provisions in place for
Basic site rules – Such as PPE provision, use of mobile phones, lone working, work at height, use of work equipment, radios, electrical test, and inspection, etc.
Fire & emergencies – Including. designated fire assembly point(s), fire marshals, liaison arrangements with other interested parties, fire drills, test evacuations, fire inspections, fire precautions, permit to work systems, etc.)
Arrangments for controlling significant site risks
Traffic management – Including deliveries, stockpiles, and storage, pedestrian segregation, etc.
Services – Temporary and permanent arrangements
Accommodating adjacent land use – i.e. noise, dust, schools etc.
Supporting existing and temporary structures
Working with or near fragile materials
Control of lifting operations
Maintenance and statutory examinations of plant and equipment
Excavation Work – Including ground conditions
Work on underground features
Work on or near water
Work involving diving
Caisson or compressed air working
Storage arrangements – For hazardous materials substances and equipment
COSHH – Including storage, handling, use, transportation, spillages, emergency provisions etc
Noise and vibration
Other significant risks
Finally comes the all-important health and safety file.
Document type – Paper, MS Word, PDF etc to include topic headings and file structure
Arrangements for gathering information i.e. point of contact, email address, postal address etc.
Method of storage – i.e. memory stick, cloud, hard copy etc.