CDM Regulations 2007—the Health and Safety File [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG
CDM Regulations 2007—the Health and Safety File [Archived]

The following Construction practice note Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CDM Regulations 2007—the Health and Safety File [Archived]
  • Introduction
  • When must the File be produced and by whom?
  • What does it contain?
  • Practical considerations

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

Note: The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/51 came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320. See Practice Notes: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and CDM Regulations 2015—what's changed? [Archived].

Introduction

The Health and Safety File (the ‘File’) is a document that must be prepared by the CDM co-ordinator on every notifiable project. Regulation 20(2)(e) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320, (the Regulations) provides that the File should contain such information as is relevant to the project and is likely to be needed during any future construction work to ensure the health and safety of any person.

It should be noted that although the information may be relevant to the contemporary construction work, the emphasis is on ensuring health and safety during any future works.

The information in the File should therefore be sufficiently clear and targeted to allow any future construction work to be carried out without risk to health and safety.

Please note that the use of the term ‘client’ in this Practice Note is synonymous with ‘employer’ as used in other Practice Notes in this context. ‘Client’ is used here to facilitate reference to the Regulations.

When must the File be produced and by whom?

If the building was constructed,

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