Understand fully your health and safety responsibilities.
Although your office refurbishment partner should be experienced in ensuring that all legally binding health and safety requirements are met, it is worth bearing in mind that during the refurbishment project you are also governed by a number of responsibilities.
It is wise to make sure you know who shoulders the ultimate responsibility for the health and safety of the office refurbishment partner’s teams of contractors, subcontractors and site personnel.
Although detailed and day-to-day responsibility should be handled through the office refurbishment company’s appointed person, it may prove beneficial to retain the services of a specialist independent safety consultant who would assume responsibility for site inspections, legislation updates, employee training and general health and safety advisory services.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets very high standards for construction sites, with regulations that cover not only the way in which the site runs, but the way the on-site teams work together to create a project that does not put people at risk when they build or occupy it. This process starts early on with the preparation of a health and safety plan.
The HSE is concerned not only with the safety of the construction workers, but also anyone else affected – that should mean your staff and anyone else who may have access. At the end of the project your office refurbishment partner should hand over the health and safety file that should outline any health and safety aspects it would be wise to consider in the future when the building is being maintained, repaired or altered.
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