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Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (the ‘Regulations’), the development of the construction phase plan (the ‘Plan’) is one of the key duties of the principal contractor (for more information on the principal contractor’s role, see the Practice Note: CDM Regulations 2015—the role of the contractor and principal contractor). The Plan is required on all projects. For single contractor projects, the contractor will be responsible for ensuring that the Plan is drawn up.
Along with the ‘health and safety file’ (the ‘File’), the aim of the Plan is to ensure health and safety so far as reasonably practicable, for those working on the project and those affected by the work during the construction phase (see Practice Note: CDM Regulations 2015—the health and safety file).
The principal contractor must prepare, review, update and implement the Plan in such a way that it adequately addresses health and safety issues. The principal contractor must also take steps to ensure that the Plan addresses not just the health and safety of workers, but also others who may be affected by the work which is carried out. This may extend to:
visitors to the site (potentially including trespassers)
members of the public who live nearby or who travel past the site; and
those who will use the building once it is complete
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