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Client Duties – In a Nutshell

Client Duties – In a Nutshell

The Client must

  • Make arrangements for and allow sufficient time and resource to manage H&S for the project so that
    • Construction work can be carried out safely and without risk to heath
    • Suitable welfare facilities are provided to comply with Schedule 2
  • Make sure that all the above arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project
  • Provide pre-construction information in a timely manner to every designer and contractor
  • Make sure that a Construction Phase Plan is developed BEFORE work starts on site
  • Make sure that the Principal Designer prepares the Health and Safety File during the pre-construction phase
  • Appoint a Principal Designer where applicable and make sure that they have the necessary Skills, Knowledge, Training & Experience (SKATE)
  • Appoint a Principal Contractor where applicable and make sure that they have the necessary Skills, Knowledge, Training & Experience (SKATE)
  • Make sure that the Principal Designer complies with their duties
  • Make sure that the Principal Contractor complies with their duties
  • Notify the project when it is required under the new notification threshold and updating this when necessary
  • Co-operate with everyone involved in the project
  • When providing information or instruction – make sure it is comprehensible and provide in good time
  • Pass on the Health and Safety File if they dispose of their interest in the structure

NOTE – Failure to appoint the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will result in these duties defaulting to the Client

Note – This page is for guidance only. Application on a project must comply with the official HSE issue of the Regulations