Construction law is changing shortly and home owners will now come under the scope of the construction regulations, home owners adding, maintaining or renovating their domestic dwellings will most likely have to appoint a Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) and Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage (PSCS).
The guidance below Taken from the HSA’s Home Owners “Guide with Checklist” is only a draft and is based on the initial proposed changes to the Construction Regulations which are planned to come into effect next year. They are subject to change until the Regulations are finalised.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 Part 1: Guidance for Homeowners
This guidance is only a draft and is based on the initial proposed changes to the Construction Regulations which are planned to come into effect next year. They are subject to change until the Regulations are finalised. Summary Quick Guide – Amendment of Definition of ‘Client’ to Include Domestic Homeowners
Why are these changes happening?
- Improve worker safety – there have been 11 fatalities and many more serious injuries on domestic construction sites in the past three years. Construction workers are entitled to the highest standards of health and safety in their workplaces.
- Reduce shadow economy in construction – bringing significant benefits to the exchequer, the construction industry and the economy at large
- Avoid large fines for the taxpayer – Ireland faces infringement proceedings if we do not make these changes. Penalties on the taxpayer as well as legal costs could be very substantial.
- Reduce administrative burden – before the changes come into effect, the HSA will complete a review of the general construction regulations and changes will be made to ensure that the administrative and regulatory burden on all clients is reduced in so far as possible, while maintaining standards.
The Health & Safety Authority have produced a draft guide which can be downloaded below of on the Authority’s website