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21st May, 2018

25 Health And Safety Regulations That Apply To Construction

Health and safety is an important consideration on any construction project. Not just to keep your workforce safe (although, this is the most important reason for health and safety), but also to comply with the law.

Of course, health and safety regulations apply to every industry, not only construction. But many of the health and safety regulations on our list apply specifically to construction.

The following list includes 25 key pieces of legislation that can be applied to health and safety on construction projects:

  1. The Health and Safety at Work Etc Act*
  2. The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations
  3. The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations
  4. The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations
  5. The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations
  6. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  7. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  8. The Electricity at Work Regulations
  9. The Gas Safety Regulations
  10. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations
  11. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations
  12. The Health & Safety Signs and Signals Regulations
  13. The Confined Spaces Regulations
  14. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  15. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  16. The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations
  17. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
  18. The Control of Asbestos Regulations
  19. The Control of Lead at Work Regulations
  20. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
  21. The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR)
  22. The Working at Height Regulations
  23. The Hazardous Waste Regulations
  24. The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations
  25. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act

How do these regulations impact construction? In big ways! For example, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations is what makes producing risk assessments a legal requirement. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations is why you need COSHH assessments. Have an induction on every new project? That's a legal requirement under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.

In the high risk construction industry, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that there are a variety of regulations in place to try to protect the safety of workers. If you work in construction, you need to know about a few extra health and safety regulations compared to some other workplaces.

Why does the construction industry get these extra rules and regulations, or as it is often referred to as, red tape?

Because construction work is higher risk, compared to say, working in an office or a school. You are often dealing with hazards that other workplaces don't often come across, like working at height in an incomplete building, using heavy machinery, demolishing structures, coming across live services and harmful materials.

Some regulations apply across all workplaces, no matter the industry, and these also need to be considered in construction. Some regulations, such as CDM (Construction Design & Management Regulations) are more specific in applying only to construction projects.

Any legislation which places duties on employers and others to ensure the safety of their workers and those affected by their work is relevant to the UK construction industry.

This is a none exhaustive list, and other regulations may apply depending on the specific hazards present on your project, and the work being carried out.

The list is based on UK regulations. Legal requirements can differ, inside and outside the UK from country to country.

If you have any regulations to add to the list, get in touch or click the twitter share button below and let us know in your tweet!

*Health and Safety at Work Etc Act - not exactly a regulation, but the act under which specific health and safety regulations are formed.

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This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and BSc (Hons) Construction Management. She is NEBOSH qualified and Tech IOSH.

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