Planning Supervisors For The Construction Industry



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Planning Supervisors

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994: CDM

Oldham Associates Construction Health and Safety Consultants work with a wide range of organisations in the construction industry from specialist contractors employing less than ten people up to international organisations such as H J Heinz Company Ltd.

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive.  Following the guidance is not compulsory and P Ss are free to take other action.  But if you follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.  Health and safety inspectors seek to ensure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice.

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The degree of detail as well as the time and effort required to comply with The P Ss legal duties need only be in proportion to the nature, size and level of health and safety risks involved in the project. Therefore for small projects with minimal health and safety risks, you will only be required to take simple, straightforward steps and few, if any, specialist skills will be needed.

For most projects the P S will be an organisation (eg, specialist consultant, architectural practice, consulting engineers, project managers, contractors, etc) with design and construction experience and, with relevant knowledge of health and safety. In some cases, particular expertise may need to be brought in. Except for the smallest projects it is unlikely the planning supervisor will be an individual.

What are the duties under the CDM Regulations?

  • Ensure HSE is notified of the project
  • Ensure co-operation between designers
  • Ensure designers comply with their duties
  • Ensure a pre-tender stage health and safety plan is prepared
  • Advise the client when requested to do so
  • Ensure a health and safety file is prepared

Notification of project to HSE

The P S has to make sure that the Health and Safety Executive office local to where the construction work is to take place is notified of the project if the construction work in it will last for 30 days or more or involve more than 500 person days.  HSE Form 10 (rev), which can be obtained free from any local HSE office, can be used when making the notification. The notification has to be sent as soon as possible after the P S has been appointed by the client.

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