Duties of the Client in Construction Projects

The Client

In this post, we will give a brief outline of the duties of the Client in Construction Projects. The Client is the most important person in relation to the safe management of a construction project. It is the duty of a client to appoint a competent and adequately resourced Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) and a competent and adequately resourced Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) prior to the commencement of any works, this includes the design of a project.

The Client must notify the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), in writing, of the appointment of a competent PSDP before the design process starts. This can be done on an AF1 Form which is free to download on the HSA Website. If the PSCS is known at this stage, the Client can include their details on the AF1 form also.

The client is a person for whom a project is carried out. If the construction stage of the project is likely to be more than 500 person days or 30 working days, then the client must ensure that the project is notified to the HSA. This can be done on the AF2 form which can be competed and submitted by or on behalf of the PSCS. Both the AF1 and AF2 form can now be completed and submitted online.

Other duties of the client include the following:

Co-operate with the project supervisor and supply necessary information for the safe design and completion of the project

Keep and make available the safety file (provided by the PSDP) for the completed structure.  The safety file contains information on the completed structure that will be required for future maintenance or renovation.

Provide a copy of the safety and health plan prepared by the PSDP to every person tendering for the project.  In the case of projects on a domestic dwelling it is sufficient for the Client to provide the plan to the PSCS when they have been appointed.

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We also provide an online Management Duties of the PSCS training course. Click here for more information and to enrol.