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HSE HIGHLIGHTS CLIENT SITE WELFARE DUTIES

Inspectors advised on consistent enforcement of welfare provision

New advice has been provided to HSE Construction Inspectors on the adequacy of welfare provision on construction sites. The purpose is to “promote consistency on enforcement of standards”.

The guidance points out to regulators that under CDM 2007 the client has an important role in the provision of welfare facilities.  Clients do not have to provide the facilities but are required to ensure that contractors have arrangements in place to provide the facilities.

Basic expectations clarified

This requirement applies to ALL construction work. In addition, on notifiable projects the client must ensure that construction work does not start until suitable welfare facilities are in place.

If there are particular constraints which make it difficult for welfare facilities to be provided, the client should co-operate with contractors and assist them with their arrangements.

SIM 02/2011/01 Provision of welfare facilities during construction work provides guidance to visiting staff on the provision of welfare facilities on construction sites.

It clarifies the basic expectations for compliance with Schedule 2 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007.

Welfare provision is fundamental in safeguarding the health and well being of workers. The provision of toilets, a supply of hot and cold (or warm) water for washing, changing facilities, drinking water and somewhere to eat and rest is a basic expectation.

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