For the purposes of the Regulations, workers are those carrying out work for, or under the control of, a contractor or principal contractor. Workers must:

 (a)           check their own competence

 (b)           cooperate with others and coordinate their work to ensure the health and safety of all those who may be affected by the work

 (c)           report obvious health and safety risks to their supervisors/managers

 (d)          ensure that work under their control is carried out in compliance with the Regulations.

The Regulations recognise the contribution that can be made by the workforce towards improving health and safety in construction. Those in control of construction work must:

 (a)           assess the level of workers’ skills, knowledge and competence, arranging for training if necessary

 (b)           ensure adequate supervision

 (c)           provide workers with information that allows them to carry out their work in safety

 (d)          provide workers with a site-specific induction

 (e)           make workers aware that they should stop work in the case of serious or imminent danger and make a report to a nominated person

 (f)            consult workers over matters affecting their health and safety

 (g)           make arrangements to communicate health and safety information to workers who have little or no understanding of written or spoken English.

 While these provisions apply to workers involved in the construction process, departments are reminded of the existing requirement in University policy to consult trade union safety representatives (where appointed) in the department on any matters that might affect their health and safety.