Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989 Consultation on the proposed Managing Health and Safety in Construction Approved Code of Practice

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Senator Francis Le Gresley, Minister for Social Security, intends to give approval to a new Code of Practice on Managing Health and Safety in Construction,under Article 10 of the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989.  The Code of Practice will apply to all commercial construction projects, with additional requirements for major projects which are defined as those lasting longer than 30 working days or involving more than 500 person days of construction work.

By its very nature, construction work can be hazardous with employees and others exposed to serious risks which result in serious accidents,and incidents involving exposure to hazardous materials.

During 2013, a working party of the Jersey Construction Council reviewed the draft for new health and safety regulations for construction work, which are intended to replace the current prescriptive regulations,introduced in 1970.  Work on this project continues with the intention of taking proposed regulations to the States in 2015. A section of the proposed regulations will introduce prescriptive requirements for managing health and safety in construction.

The working party also recommended that, as an interim measure, an Approved Code of Practice for Managing Health and Safety in Construction be introduced in order to provide guidance to persons on meeting their existing legal duties under the Law.

The proposed Approved Code of Practice for Managing Health and Safety in Construction identifies how those with responsibility under Part 2 of the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989, can meet the legal duties placed on them under Part 2 of the Law in respect of construction projects.  Persons involved with construction projects are free to take other measures in order to comply with their existing legal requirements but can be reassured that, in following the guidance set out in the Code of Practice, they are doing sufficient to meet the legal requirements placed on them.

The Minister has a duty to consult with such persons as he considers will be affected, or representatives of such persons, before he formally approves and issues Codes of Practice made under the Law.

Comments are therefore being sought on the proposed Approved Code of Practice and should be received by the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate, either in writing or by e-mail to hsi@gov.je no later than Friday 19th September, 2014.

The draft ACoP can be downloaded from the website www.gov.je/consultations or obtained, free of charge, from the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate, Social Security Department, telephone 447300

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