Background to the Buildsafe-NI initiative
Contractors, consultants and their supply chains seeking to tender for public sector works contracts must be able to satisfy the government construction clients that they have the resources and competence to manage health and safety.
As a minimum, they must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (NI) 2007 and other relevant regulations, approved codes of practice and recognised guidance.
The Buildsafe-NI Action Plan
The 2011 Buildsafe-NI Action Plan set out a list of actions to be implemented to improve health and safety in the construction industry.
Third party health and safety certification - subcontractors
The Buildsafe-NI Action Plan has a requirement that all contractors seeking to tender for public sector works contracts shall have a health and safety management system certified by a third party.
Main contractors are also required to ensure that all their first-tier subcontractors with five or more employees have a health and safety management system certified by a third party.
Main contractors and first-tier subcontractors must ensure that their health and safety management system satisfies the requirements of the Buildsafe-NI Initiative, and is certified by one of the third party health and safety certification scheme providers.
Subcontractors interested in working on government contracts should be aware of this and should take steps to obtain the necessary certification.
On initial certification of a recognised third party management system, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI can award a grant payment of £500.
For further information contact CITB Training Operations Support Team on 028 9082 5466.
Further details can be found at CITB ConstructionSkills NI Grants Scheme 2012/2013.
Health and safety report template
Action Point 4 (b) of the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan requires the principal contractor to report regularly on health and safety matters.
To ensure uniformity of reporting the principal contractor is required to use the Buildsafe 'Contractors Health and Safety Report' template to report at each site meeting on all CDM 'notifiable' projects.