Thursday, 22 August 2013

New Heath and Safety Regulations (Dates)

The Safety, Health and Welfare at work (Construction) Regulations 2013 came into effect on the 1st of August 2013.

Just for Clarification, if you already have planning permission and if you start and finish within 12 months then the regulation does not kick in yet !

From a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) e-mail:
Q.3 Does my client have to appoint a Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) for a domestic project going on site after the 1st August 2013, where I have already done the design work?
No. The revised regulations are not and cannot be retrospective. The requirement to appoint a PSCS applies only to projects where the design process commences on or after 1 August 2013. Informal conversations with the H.S.A. have confirmed this. Please note
if a project runs on for a period of 12 months, or more, after 1st August 2013, then there is an obligation to appoint a PSDP and a PSCS after the 12 month period.

From the HSA web site:
What if I've started my construction work prior to the effective date?
The requirements/obligations under these Regulations are applicable for all construction projects on homes which commence on or after 1st August 2013. If the design or construction stage of a project has started prior to the effective date then the duties of the client with regard to appointing project supervisors do not apply for a period of 12 months.

In other words from the 1st of August 2014 all eligible projects, no matter when the design (or construction) has started, will need to register the construction with the Health and Safety Authority.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Safety Guide for Homeowners wanting to build

Have you started on your domestic project & informed the HSA?

There is a guide that tells you what you need to know and do when you
are having construction work done in your home. The Health
and Safety Authority (HSA) developed this guide in light of new
responsibilities for homeowners under the Safety, Health and
Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. The regulations
apply to construction work that you pay to get done in your
home. They do not apply to DIY (Do it yourself) jobs.

Here is a to do guide you must follow since the 1st of Aug 2013.

Home owner Guide

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