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HSE Leadership & Advice
Protecting the health and safety of people who may be affected by your activities

HSE Lead - Health and Safety Environmental Management

CDM North can manage all your projects health, safety and environmental obligations on your construction projects. It is important to make sure that the construction phase is a safe place of work with adequate safe systems of work in place.  .



Health and safety in the construction industry - Who is accountable Who is responsible ?

Accountable and Responsibilities for HSE Management:-

Thclient is responsible to ensure, and must make suitable arrangements for managing their project enabling those carrying it out to manage health and safety risks in a proportionate way. This risk is passed over to the Principal Contractor who will be accountable for the actions of others working on the construction site. Shared duties of care can be distinguished as part of contract obligations as to who is better placed to carry the risks. CDM North is well placed to manage your contractual responsibilities and manage your duty of care for health and safety risks on site.

HSE Lead Onsite Requirements

The services of an onsite HSE Lead is required to help maintain safety during the construction phase making sure production is carried out safely. The HSE Lead is either employed by the principal contractor or can be employed by the client.

Managing health risks is no different to managing safety risks.

The key to achieving healthy and safe working conditions is planning and organisation to ensure that health and safety issues are planned, organised, controlled, monitored and reviewed. 


Everyone controlling site work has health and safety responsibilities. Checking that working conditions are healthy and safe before work begins and ensuring that the proposed work is not going to put

others at risk.

Monitoring of the Construction Phase

Checks need to be made to make sure that what should be happening is actually being carried out in practice and that people are fulfilling their duties with consideration for the principles of prevention.

Checking that health and safety precautions are being taken is as important as checking progress and quality. CDM North can carry out the requirements as you HSE Lead onsite.

Principles of Prevention

The principles of prevention are outlined in Schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, and are as follows:

  • (a) avoiding risks

  • (b) evaluating the risks which cannot be avoided

  • (c) combating the risks at source

  • (d) adapting the work to the individual

  • (e) adapting to technical progress

Environmental Considerations for Construction Projects - Construction Environmental Plan

A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) is a working document that defines how a site will mitigate its potential impacts through construction on the environment and local community.

The CEMP provides a management framework for the planning and implementation of construction activities in accordance with environmental commitments identified by Project Managers.

Different elements of environmental hazards must be managed onsite. These are Construction air pollution, construction water pollution, and construction noise pollution

Our HSE Lead onsite will develope the Health and Safety Management system including the Construction Environmental Plan to enable the contractors environmental safety and occupational safety to be managed accordinally as required by the HASWA 1974 Regulations, the Construction Design Management (2015) Regulations, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) which apply to everyone at work, regardless of what that work is. The CDM North HSE Lead will make sure that contractors work in a safe environment and plan, control, organise, monitor and review their own work. 

Contact CDM North for your HSE Lead requirements for your project. We offer a no quibble unambiguous service that is second to none for working in hazardous and complex environments.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA)

The primary law on health and safety in the workplace sets out the requirements of employers and their general duties to protect health, safety and employee welfare in the workplace.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

LOLER covers people and companies who own, or have control over, lifting equipment. It states all lifting must be properly planned and appropriately supervised by a competent person. It also requires all equipment to be suitably marked and thoroughly examined by a ‘competent person’.

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

PSSR covers the safe design and use of pressure systems. It places responsibility on duty holders including users, owners, competent persons, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers of pressure systems.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is suitable and safe for their intended purpose and maintained in a safe condition. They must be regularly inspected, used only by those with adequate information, instruction or training and protected by approved devices/controls.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Many businesses use substances, or a mixture of substances, that can be dangerous. COSHH covers the safe handling of these substances and the rules on exhaust ventilation to limit exposure.

Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (Amended in 2011)

All new machinery covered by these regulations has to be designed and constructed to meet common minimum European safety requirements. This is certified by a CE mark on the equipment and a Declaration of Conformity issued by the manufacturer, or other Responsible Person.

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)

EAWR requires that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition to prevent danger.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)

The MHSWR places duties on employers to undertake an assessment of the risks to their employees (and others) who may be affected by their work using the General Principles of Prevention. They were introduced to reinforce the HASAWA.

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (The Workplace Regulations)

An extension of the HASAWA covering the responsibilities of employers, owners, landlords or managing agents of business premises on issues of ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions, workstations & seating and floor conditions etc.


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