13 August 2014
The construction industry is being invited to comment on a new code of practice for health and safety.
The Code of Practice for Managing Health and Safety in Construction will apply to all commercial construction projects, and there will be additional requirements for any projects that last longer than 30 working days or involve more than 500 person/days of construction work.
Once approved, the code will apply to anyone with responsibility under Part 2 of the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989. The code's guidelines will meet the legal requirements placed on them by the law.
The proposed code can be downloaded from the consultation section of the website, and comments should be sent to the Health and Safety Inspectorate by Friday 19 September 2014.
Proposed approved code of practice on managing health and safety in construction (consultation section)
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The current health and safety regulations for construction work were introduced in 1970, and updated legislation is being drafted and is planned to be taken to the States in 2015, but a working party of the Jersey Construction Council recommended that interim legislation be introduced. A section of the proposed regulations will introduce prescriptive requirements for managing health and safety in construction.
The proposed Approved Code of Practice for Managing Health and Safety in Construction will give guidance on meeting the existing legal duties. The Minister for Social Security, Senator Francis Le Gresley, will approve the code under Article 10 of the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989, after the consultation.