Are you a small builder? Pt 2

Manage hazards and risk

As a smaller builder, you are a contractor under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007 and you must:

  • Plan, manage and monitor your construction work so that health and safety risks are controlled;
  • Set lead times – inform any sub-contractors of the minimum amount of time that will be allowed for planning and preparation;
  • Prevent site access – check that steps have been taken to prevent access by unauthorised persons to the site; and
  • Arrange welfare facilities – make sure adequate welfare facilities are in place for your workforce.
  • Inform and train your workforce


You must also provide your workforce with the information and training they need to secure health and safety. This includes:

  • site induction – where not provided by another;
  • risks and precautions – information on risks identified in assessments, and the necessary precautions;
  • site rules; and
  • emergency procedures.

More to follow on next blog…

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