Health and safety requirements—preparing to begin works and setting up the site
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  • Health and safety requirements—preparing to begin works and setting up the site
  • Duty to notify and report
  • Information gathering and analysis
  • Health and safety documentation
  • Personnel
  • Site access and boundaries
  • Protecting the public
  • Lighting
  • Electricity and other services
  • Welfare facilities
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Health and safety requirements—preparing to begin works and setting up the site

Those who control site work must check that working conditions are healthy and safe both before, and as, work begins. This Practice Note concentrates on the duties of the main contractor, as it is most commonly the main contractor who has overall control of the site, specifically at the site set up stage. The following is a list of the key considerations for the main contractor.

Duty to notify and report

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), SI 2015/51, a construction project is 'notifiable' if the work on site is scheduled to last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in time during the project (up to completion of construction work) or exceed 500 person days. A formal notification of such 'notifiable' projects must be made to the Health and Safety Executive ('HSE') using form F10. The HSE website now allows notification using this form to be made electronically. For more about CDM 2015, see Practice Note: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

It is important to remember, as the project progresses, that the law also requires certain incidents, including certain types of injury, dangerous occurrences, work related illnesses and fatalities, to be reported to the HSE. The requirements are set out in

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