More than 90% of firms in the construction industry employ less than 14 people with the majority of construction injuries happening on small building and refurbishment sites.
Health & Safety at Work
Health and safety at work is a fundamental priority for us. Maintaining standards, keeping up to date with current legislation and keeping our members and our customers safe is at the top of our corporate values.
Our commitment to health and safety is expressed via our literature, our members and by our employees. Safety in the construction environment is of paramount importance. It is at the very core of what we do.
We believe that everyone has the expressed right to go home from work at the end of the day in the same healthy condition as when they arrived. We believe that all employees have a responsibility to keep others safe by being informed and by being responsible. Health and safety should never seen as an inconvenience or something to be dictated, it’s about responsibility for ones own actions and thinking about each other. UKFB have developed systems that work because at the end of the day, getting home safely from your place of work is expected as the norm.
We have employed some of the leading people and techniques in delivering health and safety standards. We can offer you and your company impartial health and safety advice either onsite in a training environment or via your membership helpline to ensure you always have access to the latest information and advice on issues such as risk assessments, site surveys, CDM Regulations and guidance on keeping your employees safe on site.
CDM 2015 Brochure
As the principle contractor, you have the highest level of trust and integrity with our clients.
CDM 2015 Compliance
UKFB are well experienced with the Construction Design Management Regulations 2015 and how they are implemented on domestic projects. As an accredited member of UKFB we can give you up to date advice and guidance on how to comply with the CDM 2015 regulations as per your roles and responsibilities as a contractor.
Our CDM 2015 advice and guidance includes:
- Making sure the client is aware of the client duties.
- Planning, managing and monitoring all works to be carried out.
- All workers have the skills, knowledge, training to carry out the work.
- All workers have a suitable & sufficient induction.
- Provide appropriate supervision, information & instructions to workers.
- Work is not started unless steps have been taken to prevent unauthorised access.
- The roles of client, principle designer, designer, priciple contractor are clearly defined in the construction phase plan.
How does CDM affect me as a domestic builder?
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) a construction phase plan is required for every construction project. This does not 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.
As the Principle Contractor you will be required to:
- prepare a plan;
- organise the work; and
- work together with others to ensure health and safety.
You could be a builder, plumber, platerer or other tradesman, doing routine work such as:
- installing a kitchen or bathroom;
- structural alterations, eg chimney breast removal, removing a non-load bearing wall;
- roofing work, including dormer windows;
- extension or loft conversion.
CDM is now a mandatory legal requirement on all domestic building projects. A simple, straight forward plan before the work starts is usually enough to show that you have thought about health and safety. If the job is likely to last longer than 500 person days or 30 working days (with more than 20 people working at the same time) you will need to notify HSE.