Principal Contractor

Principal Contractor CDM Responsibilities

Who is the Principal Contractor

The Principal Contractor is the contractor in overall control of the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. They are appointed by the Client and there should only be one Principal Contractor for a project at any one time.  

The Principal Contractor must be capable of carrying out the role and have the right skills, knowledge and experience, dependent upon the nature of the work and the range and nature of health and safety risks involved.  

What is the PC’s role

The Client appoints a Principal Contractor to control any project’s construction phase involving more than one contractor. 

You have an important role in managing health and safety risks during the construction phase. You must have the skills, knowledge, experience, and relevant organisational capability to carry out this duty holder role. 

When working for a domestic Client, you will normally take on the Client duties. If a domestic Client does not appoint a Principal Contractor, the role must be carried out by the contractor in control of the construction phase. Confusing? 

How we help

In the important role as Principal Contractor, you must demonstrate you have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience, and capability, to carry out the work you are being legally appointed for and must be and the nature of the risks involved.  

Your personally appointed CDM Advisor will support you in the planning, managing, monitoring, and coordinating health and safety in the construction phase of a project. To give that extra support of expertise in delivering your duties and getting everyone home safely and healthy. We will: 

  • Prepare a written construction phase plan (before the construction phase begins, implement, and then regularly review and revise it to make sure it remains fit for purpose 
  • Take account of the health and safety risks to everyone affected by the work (including members of the public), in planning and managing the measures needed to control them 
  • Liaise with the Client and Principal Designer for the duration of the project to ensure that all risks are effectively managed, and they are happy  
  • Ensure you have ongoing arrangements in place for managing health and safety throughout the construction phase 
  • Check that the contractors and workers you  appoint has the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out their work safely and without risk to health 
  • Workers have site-specific inductions and any further information and training they need 
  • Consult and engage with workers about their health, safety and welfare 
  • Suitable welfare facilities are provided from the start and maintained throughout the construction phase 
  • Information relevant to the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of the pre-construction phase 
  • Obtain Operation & Maintenance Manuals throughout the project ready for handover to the Client  
  • Health & Safety File is of high quality on project hand over on completion.