Last edited 19 Jan 2017

Health and safety for building design and construction

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Buildings can present a great number of possible risks both in construction and operation. There are many duties placed on those commissioning, designing, constructing and operating buildings to control those risks.

The legislation affecting health and safety in design and construction falls under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act through regulations that include:

A full list is available in the appendices of HSE Health and safety in construction, although some of the regulations listed in the publication have since been revoked following revisions to the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations in 2007 (the revoked legislation is listed in the appendices of the Approved Code of Practice. Managing health and safety in construction).

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM regulations) in particular are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development. They include general requirements that apply to all projects and additional duties that only apply to notifiable construction projects (where the construction work is likely to last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project, or exceed 500 person days).

The CDM regulations impose duties on:

Many additional requirements are placed on the design of buildings by the Building Regulations (such as; part A: structural safety part B: fire safety, part K: protection from falling, part N: glazing safety, part P: electrical safety etc.)

NB under the Health and Safety (Fees)Regulations, the Fee for Intervention scheme allows the Health and Safety Executive to recover the costs of intervention from those who fail to comply with health and safety legislation.

For additional information see articles on CDM and Building Regulations.

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