Health and Safety in Construction
The Safety, Health and Welfare at work (Construction) Regulations 2013 came into effect on the 1st of August 2013. The Health and Safety Authority has produced two short guidance documents to assist duty holders in understanding and complying with the new regulations.
The Regulations cover paid occupational work only and do not apply to DIY
Guide for Homeowners
The introduction of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 places responsibilities on homeowners, called Clients in the Regulations, who are having construction work carried out on their home.The aim of this guide is to provide practical information for homeowners as to what they need to know and do.
Guide for Contractors and Project Supervisors
This guidance is aimed at contractors who undertake construction work on private domestic dwellings.Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, a Client is a person for whom a construction project is carried out. This now includes a person having construction work carried out on their own home.
Other changes to the Construction Regulations
- Change to the definition of Construction from previously including "engineering work" to now including "engineering construction work"
- Clients on domestic dwelling projects do not have to supply Health and Safety Plan for tendering
- Criteria requiring appointments of Project Supervisors amended to remove certain smaller works from requiring Project Supervisors
- In the case of clients for domestic type projects there are duties on Project Supervisors, designers and contractors to demonstrate to the clients that they are competent to do the work
- In the case of clients for domestic type projects there are duties on designers and contractors to inform the client of their duties
- Reduction of administration burden in areas of record keeping and provision of relevant sections of contractors Safety Statement.
FAQs on Homeowner duties under the new Regulations
FAQs on Contractors and Project Supervisors' duties under the new Regulations
Information and publications contained on the website should be read in conjunction with the new regulations. All construction topics and publications will be reviewed to take account of the new regulations.