List of actions from the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan

Actions from the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan are summarised below:

Section One: evaluation of supply chain health and safety capability

Action 1(a) - existing requirement

Government Construction Clients shall adopt a common methodology for evaluating supplier health and safety based on the competency requirements set out in the Approved Code of Practice supporting the CDM Regulations.

Section Two: certification of health and safety management systems

Action 2(a) - existing requirement

Government Construction Clients shall include a requirement in the selection process, that all contractors seeking to tender for public sector works contracts shall have a health and safety management system certified by a third party.

Action 2(b) - by December 2012 (requirement was extended beyond original action for December 2011)

Government Construction Clients shall introduce a contract requirement that a contractor shall only appoint a first tier subcontractor with five or more workers /employees which has a health and safety management system certified by a third party.

Action 2(c) - by December 2011

Government Construction Clients shall introduce a contract requirement that contractors and first tier subcontractors having third party health and safety certification provide evidence that:

  • the third party certification was obtained/renewed within three years of the main contract award date
  • an annual verification audit was undertaken in the intervening years

Government Construction Clients shall recognise third party certification of a health and safety management system, provided:

  • it is based on ILO OSH 2001; BSI’s OHSAS 18001 and 18002; BS 18004; HSG 65; or equivalent
  • it is construction focused and incorporates site inspections
  • the third party certification body is accredited by a National Accreditation Service and/or is recognised by a professional health and safety body or institution as having the knowledge and skill to undertake construction focused third party health and safety audits

Where the certification is scheduled to expire during the period of a contract the contractor shall arrange the renewal in good time to ensure continuous certification. Compliance shall be monitored by the Project Manager at each project meeting under a health and safety agenda item.

Section Three: training

Action 3(a) - existing requirement

All site operatives and staff, whether employed directly or through a subcontractor, and all public sector construction staff visiting a site, shall have received appropriate health and safety training to be able to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others who might be affected by their acts or omissions and carry with them on site, evidence of having received such training.

Action 3(b) - by September 2011

Government Construction Clients shall introduce a contract requirement that the training defined in Action 3(a) shall apply to all site personnel and, that to be considered eligible:

  • it must have been undertaken within the past 4 years
  • individuals with site supervisory or management responsibilities must have received suitable, additional health and safety training

Evidence of health and safety training can be provided by photographic identification cards issued by various employer and professional bodies or other recognised construction industry institutions, including for example, the Construction Skills Register (CSR) or the Royal Society of Ulster Architect's (RSUA) Construction Professionals Health and Safety (CPHS) card.

When on site, Project Managers (and or their representatives) and Safety Practitioners employed directly or acting as a consultant on behalf of the Government Construction Clients shall carry out spot checks to ensure site personnel carry appropriate evidence of health and safety training.

Section Four: monitoring and reporting

Action 4(a) - existing requirement

Government Construction Clients shall ensure Health and Safety is a standard agenda item at all project meetings.

Action 4(b) - existing requirement

The Principal Contractor (CDM 2007) shall provide a health and safety report at each project meeting using the GCCG Contractor’s Health & Safety Report pro-forma.

Action 4(c) - by April 2011

Government Construction Clients (or appropriate Centre of Procurement Expertise) to review contractors’ reports centrally and produce bi-annual analysis reports for issue within their business area.

Action 4(d) - By September 2011

Government Construction Clients (or appropriate Centre of Procurement Expertise) shall undertake periodic checks on contractors and their supply chains to monitor compliance with health and safety standards.

Principal contractors shall provide a written health and safety report, for all projects ‘Notifiable’ under CDM2007, using the ‘GCCG Contractor’s Health & Safety Report’ pro-forma, for discussion at each project meeting.

Download the template for the Contractor Health and Safety Report

The Government Construction Clients’ bi-annual analysis reports shall be used to share information in respect of health and safety issues and identify measures that may be put in place to further improve health and safety standards.

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