The HSE has begun a month-long initiative during which unannounced inspections will be conducted on refurbishment projects and repair works across the country.
The Safer Sites Initiative will end on 4 November 2016 and will aim to ensure that high risk activities are being conducted safely and in particular meet the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regulations).
Where inspections reveal serious breaches, enforcement action by the HSE can be expected. However, the HSE has said that it also intends to provide an advisory role in order to encourage positive behaviours.
The HSE will also be issuing Fee For Intervention Invoices for any material breaches of health and safety.
If you have any questions or queries relating to the CDM Regulations, or health and safety requirements in the workplace more generally, please feel free to contact Duncan Reed on 03330 060742.
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