Do you know what your responsibilities are in relation to the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan otherwise known as the Construction Phase Plan (CPP)? Well if you have done any work since 2015 then you really should! With the introduction of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulation 2015, everyone in the construction industry should know about the Construction Phase Plan and what they are required to do. If you don’t yet, you’re in luck. Not just because you’ve avoided fees for intervention from the HSE but because HBXL are here to help. We have outline below some key information about the Construction Phase Plan to get you back up to speed. We have also created a builder friendly CDM 2015 guide to help builders get to grips with all the changes that HSE made to legislation and requirements.
Lastly, but most importantly, HBXL have a software solution to help builders ensure CDM 2015 compliance, including producing Construction Phase Plans. Read on to get the info and find out how Health & Safety Xpert can help you maintain a safe site, avoid unwanted HSE attention and all with minimal effort.
Construction Phase Plan
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999 clarifies what employers are required to do to manage health and safety under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. It applies the principal of prevention, through effective arrangements for health & safety (planning, organization, monitoring & review).
More specifically the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 sets out the requirement for a Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan.
The Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan is a document that records how health and safety will be managed for the construction phase of a project. It is the basis for communicating to all those involved in the construction phase of the project. So it should be easy to understand and as simple as possible.
In considering what information to include, the emphasis is that it:
- is relevant to the project
- has sufficient detail to clearly set out the arrangements, site rules. As well as, special measures needed to manage the construction phase, but
- is still proportionate to the scale and complexity of the project and the risks involved.
The plan can not include document that get in the way. (Such as generic risk assessments, records on the influence on the decisions or comprehensive method statements). Acting as obstruction of a clear understanding of what they need to manage the construction phase.
The principal contractor must develop the Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan so that it addresses the specific issues of the project during construction. These include:
- A description of the project such as key dates and details of key members of the project team.
- The management of the work, including:
- the health and safety aims for the project
- the site rules
- arrangements to ensure cooperation between project team members and coordination of their work e.g. regular site meetings
- arrangements for involving workers
- site induction
- welfare facilities
- fire and emergency procedures.
- The control of any of the specific site risks relevant to the work involved.
It is clients responsibility to ensure construction work takes place only after principal contractor has prepared a satisfactory Construction Phase-plan.
Use the Health & Safety Plan included with Health & Safety Xpert® to help you prepare a comprehensive and detailed Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan for each job you carry out. Much of the information contained in a Health & Safety Plan is specific to the individual job and must therefore be carefully prepared for each separate project you carry out.