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Northern Ireland Update – First-tier Subcontractors Required to Have Safe-T-Cert

Northern Ireland Update – First-tier Subcontractors Required to Have Safe-T-Cert

2 November 2012: Main contractors and subcontractors, interested in working on government construction projects in Northern Ireland are reminded of the forthcoming change to Government policy which will require first tier subcontractors with 5 or more employees to be certified by Safe-T-Cert or equivalent.

Action 2 (b) of the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan 2011 already means that Government Construction Clients require main contractors’ first-tier subcontractors, with 10 or more employees, to have a Health and Safety Management System certified by a third party.
From the start of 2013, this requirement will be extended. Main contractors will be required to ensure that all their first-tier subcontractors with 5 or more employees have a Health and Safety Management System certified by a third party.
Main contractors and first-tier subcontractors should act now:

Main contractors should remind their first-tier subcontractors about this requirement.
Subcontractors interested in working on government construction contracts in Northern Ireland, as first-tier subcontractors, should take steps to ensure that they get certified with Safe-T-Cert or another scheme that satisfies the requirements of the Buildsafe-NI initiative and is certified by one of the 3rd parties listed on CPD’s Website.

For further information, please contact:
Dermot Carey, Scheme Manager, Safe-T-Cert
M: 086-8320648
E: safetcert@cif.ie

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