Posted by: David Cant | September 10, 2008

Pre Construction Information Pack Explained

The pre-construction information is structured in accordance with Appendix 2 “pre-construction information” of the “Approved Code of Practice for the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007” [L144 – ISBN 978-0-7176-6223]

Regulation 10 of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 relates to what is known as ‘pre-construction information’ and advises:-

(a) Clients must provide with the assistance of a CDM coordinator designers and contractors who may be bidding for the (or who they intend to engage), with the project-specific health and safety work information needed to identify hazards and risks associated with the design and construction work. (The pre-construction information).

(b) The information should be provided as part of the early procurement process or tendering, and responses to the issues identified can be a real help when judging competence of those tendering for the work. It therefore needs to be identified, assembled and sent out in good time, so that those who need it when preparing to bid or when preparing for the work can decide what resources (including time) will be needed to enable design, planning and construction work to be organised and carried out properly.

Where design work continues during the construction phase, the pre-construction information will need to be provided to designers before work starts on each new element of the design. Similarly, where contractors are appointed during the construction phase, each contractor (or those who are bidding for the work) must be provided with the pre-construction information in time for them to take this into account when preparing their bid, or preparing for work on the site.

(c) The pre-construction information provided should be sufficient to ensure that significant risks during the work can be anticipated and planned for. It should concentrate on those issues that designers and contractors could not reasonably be expected to anticipate or identify, and not on obvious hazards such as the likelihood that the project would involve work at height. Appendix 2 of the Approved Code of Practice lists the topics that should be considered when drawing up the pre-construction information and have been used to create this document.

(d) The pre-construction information needs to be in a form that is convenient, i.e. clear, concise and easily understood, but it can be included in other documents.

In essence a CDM coordinator should be able to manage the flow of pre construction information for the duration of the project

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