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Construction Phase Plans
Under Regulation 3 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM
2007), the principal contractor and other contractors must identify the hazards and
assess the risks relating to their work, including the risks they create for others.
Using this information, the principal contractor must develop a plan suitable for
managing health and safety in the construction phase of the project, which includes
developing information provided by the client and CDM co-
• who does what
• who is responsible for what
• the hazards and risks which have been identified
• how the works are controlled
Under CDM 2007 it is the responsibility of the principal contractor, once they have been appointed, to develop the construction phase plan, which must be completed before the client can allow work on site to proceed.
For all but the simplest of projects the plan may not be sufficiently developed to
cover all of the work that the project will involve; it may only cover early phases
of work (for example site set up, enabling works, clearance and early groundworks).
The plan at this phase should, however, indicate how arrangements for managing the
rest of the work will be added into the plan as contractors and sub-
The plan should be regarded as a live document, reviewed at regular intervals and, where necessary, amended to reflect changes in the scope of work or programme changes where the planned interface of trades may alter.
Health and Safety Associates can produce construction phase plans for a wide variety of projects, all fully compliant with the CDM Regs 2007