Principal contractors: roles and responsibilities
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
All those who work in the construction industry have their part to play looking after their own health and safety and in improving the industry's health and safety record.
A principal contractor is only required where the project is notifiable.
The principal contractor needs to:
- plan, manage and monitor construction phase in liaison with contractor
- prepare, develop and implement a written plan and site rules (Initial plan completed before the construction phase begins)
- give contractors relevant parts of the plan
- make sure suitable welfare facilities are provided from the start and maintained throughout the construction phase
- check competence of all appointees
- ensure all workers have site inductions and any further information and training needed for the work
- consult with the workers
- liaise with CDM co-ordinator regarding ongoing design
- secure the site