In terms of section 1 of the Construction Regulations, 2003, construction work is defined as:
(a) the erection, maintenance, alteration, renovation, repair, demolition or dismantling of or addition to a building or any similar structure.
A “client” is furthermore defined as any person for whom construction work is performed, and its duties, listed in section 4 of the Regulations, are as follows:
(1) To prepare a health and safety specification for the construction work.
(2) To provide the contractor with any information pertaining to health and safety that may affect any person performing the work.
(3) To appoint each contractor in writing.
(4) To take reasonable steps to ensure that the contractor(s) health and safety plan is implemented and maintained.
(5) To stop any work not done in accordance with the health and safety plan.
(6) If there are changes to the work, to provide sufficient further information and resources.
(7) To ensure that every contractor is registered with a compensation fund or licensed compensation insurer prior to any work being carried out.
(8) To ensure that, at the tender stage, all contractors have budgeted for health and safety measures during the construction process.
The health and safety specification is a list of all health and safety requirements pertaining to the intended construction work on the particular site so as to ensure the health and safety of persons.
A health and safety plan is a written plan that addresses hazards identified and includes procedures to mitigate, reduce or control them.
Article reference: Paddocks Press: Volume 8, Issue 2, Page 2