HEALTH AND safety inspectors are to target the planning and design process of major projects in an effort to stamp out unsafe design and construction practice.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said last week that it would focus more heavily on the dominant firms in the construction industry, recognising that these are the most likely to influence change.
The new focus is set out in the HSE's new work plan, published last week. The plan covers its activities for the year ahead.
The HSE believes that getting involved with major projects early in the design process will allow inspectors to plan site visits to coincide with the most risky activities.
It also means that inspectors will be able to monitor the approach of firms towards health and safety before construction starts.
Completion of design work is where most of the safety duties set out under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations are discharged.
The new work plan also aims to ensure that government clients operate as best practice clients.
It will monitor progress in implementing management arrangements in line with procurement guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce.