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To meet the obligation of the SWMS you will need to identify each person in charge of high-risk construction work and make sure that they give you a SWMS for that work. These persons also have an obligation to give you the required SWMS. But if you are unable to identify any of these persons undertaking the work, then you are obliged to prepare the necessary SWMS for this work.
Once prepared, you also have an obligation to make sure that the work is carried out in accordance with the SWMS and that the SWMS is kept up-to-date if the work changes for any reason.
You will need to make sure that a SWMS has been prepared whenever any of the high-risk construction work listed below is carried out. As far as practicable, the SWMS must be in place before the high-risk construction work starts.
‘High-risk construction work’ in this case denotes construction work:
The SWMS must be in writing and, as far as practicable, contain the following information:
As the main contractor you have an obligation to make sure that there are measures in place so that, as far as practicable, the work is carried out in accordance with the relevant SWMS.
If the work is not carried out in accordance with the SWMS the main contractor must stop the work (when safe to do so) and make sure that it does not resume until the SWMS is complied with.
All SWMS protocols must be kept at least until the construction work is completed.
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