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Are you a principal contractor?

What you need to do

The law requires that principal contractors (PC) must undertake the following actions:

What you need to know – three key questions

Question 1: Which projects require appointment of a principal contractor?

Answer: The client must appoint a PC on projects that are likely to involve more than 30 days or 500 man days of construction work (notifiable projects). The client will carry the PC duties if a separate appointment is not made.

Question 2: When should the PC be appointed?

Answer: The client must appoint a PC as soon as practicable and at the latest before the construction phase starts.

Question 3: Who needs to be informed of the PC appointment?

Answer: The co-ordinator must inform HSE of the PC details as soon as practicable after the PC is appointed.

Project management

The PC must plan, manage and monitor the construction phase of the project.

Key actions include:

Contractor engagement

The PC must ensure the co-operation and co-ordination of contractors carrying out the construction work. Key actions include:

Workforce engagement

Contractors must provide their workforce with the required information and training to carry out work safely. In addition, the PC must check this happens so that every worker is provided with:

The PC must also take steps to secure: