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CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES 2009

Chief Inspector indicates construction sector priorities for 2009

HSE construction chief, Stephen Williams, was interviewed recently by IOSH Safety & Health Practitioner Journal. The article ranged over a number of areas and included insight into the HSE constrction Division priorities for 2009. In particular Mr Wiilliams referred to:

  • Competence: Three levels of competence will be the focus of HSE attention. Corporate, individual and supervisor. During both routine interventions and investigations HSE will look for evidence that companies have CDM 2007 competencies in place. Individuals trained for their specfic roles and supervised by managers that have been thoroughly trained in their H&S duties. Where there are competency gaps enforcement action should be expected especially after accident investigations;
  • Safety Assistance: one aspect of corporate competence will come under close scrutiny, namely, whether or not dutyholders have competent H&S advice available to them as required by Management Regulations;
  • Early engagement: designers and clients should expect early interventions by HSE inspectors on major or high risk projects. Clients will need to ensure timely CDM 2007 appointments especially as regards the CDM-C.

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2 Responses to “CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES 2009”

  1. PROSECUTION LIFT SHAFT FALL | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] very serious incident which Sheriff McNair quite rightly identified as a possible double fatality. Competence, as highlighted in the recent CDM 2007 Regulations, is the key to preventing such accidents, both […]

  2. DECEPTION SENTENCE ‘TOO LONG’ | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] requirement of CDM 2007 Regulations and HSE has made it clear that competence will be one of the key priorities in the coming months. […]