The principal contractor is a key duty holder under CDM 2015.
The principal contractor must be appointed, in writing by the client, on any construction project with more than one contractor. They must ensure they are capable of carrying out the role and that they have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.
There can only be one principal contractor for a project at any one time.
The principal contractor has to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate the construction phase so that health and safety risks are controlled.
- Prepare a construction phase plan that ensures work is carried out without risk to health and safety.
- Implement the plan.
- Co-ordinate health and safety to ensure that work is carried out without risk to health.
- Review and revise the plan.
- Secure the site. Take steps to prevent unauthorised access.
- Provide suitable welfare facilities throughout the construction phase.
- Provide a site induction.
- Liaise on design. Discussing any design changes with the principal designer.
After construction, duties include finalising their contribution to the health and safety file. They may be responsible for handing over the health and safety file to the client.
The principal contractor could also be a contractor, so may well have contractor duties too. Find out more about contractor duties under CDM 2015.
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