The two most important health and safety laws for employers and contractors are:
- The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999.
A number of other regulations may be relevant to contractors working with the Force and you are encouraged to review your work against their requirements.
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, 1999
- The Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992
- The Noise at Work Regulations, 1989
- The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations, 1987
- The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 1994
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, 1992
What you need to do to comply with the law and to meet the Force's expectations of suppliers and contractors.
Construction and Maintenance Work
For many construction, refurbishment, maintenance, repair and redecoration works the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM) will apply. These regulations place responsibilities on the Force, as the client, planning supervisors, designers and contractors to plan, co-ordinate and manage health and safety throughout all stages of the project.
The CDM Regulations will generally apply to construction work which is notifiable to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) – that is, work that lasts for more than 30 days or will involve more than 500 person days of work. It also applies to non-notifiable work involving five or more people on site at any one time. Where appropriate you must provide evidence to the Force that you are complying with the CDM Regulations.