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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety in the construction industry. It is Britain’s largest industry, and it is also one of the most dangerous. Advice and resources can be found on the HSE’s dedicated construction website.
In order to address urgently needed improvements in construction health and safety, recent changes in legislation now place legal duties on virtually everyone involved in construction work. Those with legal duties are commonly known as ‘duty-holders’.
The aim of the legislation is for health and safety considerations to be treated as a normal part of a project’s development, not an after thought or bolt on extra. The object is to reduce the risk of harm to those that have to build, use and maintain structures. The new regulations focus attention on effective planning and management of construction projects, from the design concept onwards.
Most construction work, including small shop fitting projects, is enforced by the HSE. However some minor construction works that are undertaken in premises that remain open may be enforced by us.
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the HSE and you may have other legal duties as well.
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