The list of essential points below will help you to plan and organise the job, and work together with others involved to make sure that the work is carried out without risks to health and safety. It will also help you to comply with CDM 2015.
Make a note of the key dates
- when you will start and finish
- when services will be connected/disconnected
- build stages, such as groundwork or fitout.
You will need to find out information from the client about the property
- where the services and isolation points are
- access restriction to the property
- if there is any asbestos present
This requires an efficient system which will prove invaluable when recording the details of anybody working on the job, including specialist companies and labourers.
Communication with others (eg via a daily update) is a vital part of the process and includes providing information about the job, coordination of work with others and keep them updated of any changes, such as,
- site rules
- health and safety information
- what you will do if the plan or materials change or if there are any delays
- who will be making the key decisions about how the work is to be done.
Identify the main dangers on site and how you will control them
- the need for scaffolding if working at height
- how structures and excavations will be supported to prevent collapse
- how you will prevent exposure to asbestos and building dust
- how you will keep the site safe and secure for your client, their family and members of the public
- Make sure that there are washing and rest facilities
- Name the person responsible for ensuring the job runs safely
- Explain how supervision will be provided
If you are unsure about how you can make your site safer, see www.hse.gov.uk/construction for more information and to download other Busy Builder sheets. See www.citb.co.uk for a free smartphone app CDM wizard.