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