The key health and safety document for those managing the construction-phase of a development project is the Construction Phase Plan. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 come into force in Great Britain on 6 April 2015. They set out what people involved in construction work need to do to protect themselves from harm and anyone the work affects.
What is a Construction Phase Plan (CPP)?
The key health and safety document for those managing the construction-phase of a development project is the Construction Phase Plan. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 come into force in Great Britain on 6 April 2015.
Do I need a Construction Phase Plan?
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) a Construction Phase Plan is required for every construction project.
This does not always need to be complicated. If you are working for a domestic client, you will be in control of the project if you are the only contractor or the principal contractor.
On the other hand, if the job will last longer than 500 person days or 30 working days (with more than 20 people working at the same time) it will need to be notified to HSE and it is likely to be too complex for this simple plan format. In this case, you likely to find great value in our detailed Construction Phase Plan template.
Using a Simple Construction Phase Plan
You could be a builder, plumber or other tradesman, doing small-scale routine work such as:
- installing a kitchen or bathroom;
- structural alterations, eg chimney breast removal;
- roofing work, including dormer windows;
- extension or loft conversion.
A simple plan before the work starts is usually enough to show that you have thought about health and safety.
The list of essential points below will help you to plan and organise the job, and work together with others involved to make sure that the work is carried out without risks to health and safety. It will also help you to comply with CDM 2015.
Follow the 3 Steps below to complete put together your CPP;
The Detailed Construction Phase Plan
If the job will last longer than 500 person days or 30 working days (with more than 20 people working at the same time) it will likely need to be notified to your local Health and Safety regulator.
As you can see from the Table of Contents, the more detailed CPP contains an extensive list of collated information from the project.
Of course, each one of these needs to be made project-specific and cannot simply be cookie-cut from one project to the next.
With that said, the Safeti CPP template provides you with a great foundation to build out the finer Health and Safety details of your construction project.
With the right project-specific information, it will put you on the right track to comply with the Principal Contractors duties under CDM 2015. Find out more about the CDM guidance on it below…
Construction Phase Plan CDM | What does the Guidance say?
A construction phase plan is a document that must record the:
(a) health and safety arrangements for the construction phase;
(b) site rules; and
(c) where relevant, specific measures concerning work that falls within one or more of the categories listed in Schedule 3.
The plan must record the arrangements for managing the significant health and safety risks associated with the construction phase of a project.
It is the basis for communicating these arrangements to all those involved in the construction phase, so it should be easy to understand and as simple as possible.
In considering what information is included, the emphasis is that it:
(a) is relevant to the project;
(b) has sufficient detail to clearly set out the arrangements, site rules and special measures needed to manage the construction phase; but
(c) is still proportionate to the scale and complexity of the project and the risks involved.
The plan should not include documents that get in the way of a clear understanding of what is needed to manage the construction phase, such as generic risk assessments, records of how decisions were reached or detailed safety method statements.
The following list of topics should be considered when drawing up the plan:
(a) a description of the project such as key dates and details of key members of the project team;
(b) the management of the work including:
(i) the health and safety aims for the project;
(ii) the site rules;
(iii) arrangements to ensure cooperation between project team members and coordination of their work, e.g. regular site meetings;
(iv) arrangements for involving workers;
(v) site induction;
(vi) welfare facilities; and
(vii) fire and emergency procedures;
c) the control of any of the specific site risks listed in Schedule 3 where they are relevant to the work involved.
Schedule 3 | Work involving Particular Risks
1. Work which puts workers at risk of burial under earthfalls, engulfment in swampland or falling from a height, where the risk is particularly aggravated by the nature of the work or processes used or by the environment at the place of work or site.
2. Work which puts workers at risk from chemical or biological substances constituting a particular danger to the safety or health of workers or involving a legal requirement for health monitoring.
3. Work with ionizing radiation requiring the designation of controlled or supervised
areas under regulation 16 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.
4. Work near high voltage power lines.
5. Work exposing workers to the risk of drowning.
6. Work on wells, underground earthworks and tunnels.
7. Work carried out by divers having a system of air supply.
8. Work carried out by workers in caissons with a compressed air atmosphere.
9. Work involving the use of explosives.
10. Work involving the assembly or dismantling of heavy prefabricated components
* Your free Construction Phase Plan UK template will need to be made specific to your project and supplemented with site-specific information – learn more about the duties of Principal Contractors here.