If you are in charge of a refurb project you have to understand the importance of a site induction

CDM 2015 Regulations

The HSE CDM Regulations 2015 state that it is the responsibility of the Principal Contractor to ensure that suitable site inductions are provided

Many people get themselves in trouble when they take on a refurb project as they don’t understand the CDM regs and are not aware of the legal requirements these regs impose upon people

If you are the client and there is more then one contractor, you must appoint one of the contractors to be the Principal Contractor

However, if you have decided to act as the Project Manager and get different tradesmen in, then you have , by default become the Principal Contractor. So now not only do you have the legal obligations as the client you also have all the legal obligations of the Principal Contractor. So, it now comes down to you to provide the site induction

Why do you need a site induction?

A site induction is designed to make everyone working on the project aware of the risks and the control measures intended to mitigate these risks. On every construction site , no matter how small there is always the risk of serious injury. Everyone needs to know that the people in charge of the site have taken peoples welfare seriously. Similarly they need to know steps have been taken to protect them. A site induction is one of the elements needed in knowing  how to run a safe site

What needs to be included in a site induction?

The list of subjects should include amongst others:

  • Layout of the site
  • Site rules
  • Senior Management commitment to health and safety
  • Outline of the project
  • Management of the project
  • First aid arrangements
  • Accident and incident reporting arrangements
  • Arrangements for briefing workers on an ongoing basis (ie toolbox talks)
  • Arrangements for consulting the workforce on health and safety matters
  • Individual workers responsibility for health and safety matters

Site inductions should also be provided to those who do not regularly work on the site, but who visit it on an occasional or one off basis , such as Architects, students and sales representatives.

The inductions should be proportionate to the length of the visit. For instance inductions provided to escorted visitors need not have the detail that unescorted visitors should have. Escorted visitors only need to be made aware of the main hazards they may be exposed to

A construction site is constantly changing. Therefore you should review your site induction regularly. Check to see if the information is up to date and reflects the current conditions on your site.

There is nothing wrong with using a standard template to write your site induction. But don’t just use generic information, make sure the details are relevant to your site

What happens if you don’t have a site induction?

If it is your responsibility to provide a site induction and you fail to, then you are in breach of the CDM regs. The maximum penalty for this is 2 years in prison and unlimited fines. If somebody gets injured and they haven’t had a site induction, then you could find yourself the subject of not only a criminal prosecution but also a private prosecution. Make sure that once someone has had a site induction, they then sign the briefing sheet. And always keep a copy for your own records

A site induction is not just a box ticking exercise. It is a commitment from the people in charge to ensure the safety of everyone working on and visiting the site. Above all everyone is responsible for each other’s safety as well as their own

If you need someone to write a site induction or any other safety document, that is one of the many services  we offer. Please contact us  to see how we can help you with your project

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