If you work in construction or have been involved in construction projects in recent years you may have heard the term ‘F10 notification’ or the need to notify the project to the HSE. What exactly is the requirement to notify and what information is needed for the HSE’s F10 notification form?
The need to notify the HSE about construction work is required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (often referred to as the CDM regulations).
F10 is simply the reference the HSE has given to the specific form used to send this notification.
Notifiable construction projects are those lasting longer than 500 person days or 30 working days with more than 20 workers. You can check if you need to submit a notification for your construction project with our free CDM notification calculator.
On notifiable projects there used to be additional CDM duties (under the 2007 version of the CDM regulations). These additional duties included clients needing to appoint a CDM coordinator and principal contractor.
The good thing about this was the client didn't need to worry so much about the F10 notification, because the CDM coordinator would take care of it.
However, under the 2015 version of the CDM regulations, there is no CDM coordinator. The responsibility for submitting the HSE's F10 notification form is on the client.
Regulation 6. Notification
(2) Where a project is notifiable, the client must give notice in writing to the Executive as soon as is practicable before the construction phase begins.
The client may be assisted by the principal designer (who needs to be appointed on any project with more than one contractor), however the ultimate responsibility to notify is on the client.
The HSE’s F10 notification form asks for a range of information about the construction project you are planning.
Schedule 1 of the CDM regulations lists the information that needs to be included in the notification.
This information includes the project address and a brief description of the construction work it includes, and the planned duration of the construction phase.
The notification should include details of the project team including client details, principal designer details, principal contractor details, and details of any designers and contractors already appointed.
The date planned for project commencement and the time allowed for planning and preparation of the construction work by the principal contractor is also required information on the form.
The form will also ask for details on the maximum number of people, and also the planned number of contractors that will be at work on the construction site.
Finally the F10 notification form must be signed, by or on behalf of the client, to confirm they are aware of their duties under the regulations.
Once the notification has been submitted to the HSE, it should be clearly displayed on the construction site, in the site office.
The principal contractor, or sole contractor, must display a legible copy of the most up-to-date information notified to HSE where it can be read by any worker on site. A copy of the HSE’s F10 notification form can usually be found at the site entrance, in the site office or on the site notice board.
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