Health and Safety Duties for Clients in Construction


Half-day course

CPD Credit: 3 hours, C1

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide clients and those working with them on construction projects with an understanding of the legal obligations placed on them by the Safety Health & Welfare (Construction) Regulations 2013.



Construction accidents and incidents effect on clients

Client involvement in driving safety in construction

Accident case studies and effects

Measures clients can adopt to ensure safety is prioritised on their projects

Legal Responsibilities

Overview of the Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013

Duty holders:

oRole of the Client

oRole of Designers

oRole of the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)

oRole of the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)

oRole of the Contractor

Appointment of Duty Holders

Assessing Competency prior to making appointments

Assessing Health & Safety Resources prior to making appointments

Making formal appointments of duty holders

Notification of projects to the Health & Safety Authority 

Co-operating with Project Supervisors

Clients cooperation with the PSDP

Clients cooperation with the PSCS

Supplying necessary information to the project supervisors

The Safety File

Understanding the use of the safety file

What items should be included in the safety file

Who is responsible for creating and issuing the safety file

Ongoing management of the Safety File after the works have been completed

Learning outcomes

Participants will understand the following key areas in relation to the role of Clients in construction projects:

Legal roles and responsibilities of the Key Duty Holders

The role of the client as defined within the construction regulations 2103

Assessing competency prior to the appointment of duty holders

How to appoint project supervisors

What is expected of the Client in relation to cooperation with the PSDP & PSCS

What is a safety file and how will it benefit the client

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for persons operating in the role of client or working on behalf of clients on construction projects:

Clients involved in construction or maintenance projects

Clients procuring construction or maintenance services

Out of state Clients engaging in construction projects in Ireland


There are no pre-requisites for attending this course, however persons acting in the role of Clients or working with Clients involved in construction projects would benefit most from attending this course.


"Excellent delivery and content"

"Interesting and relevant. Practical application useful"

Tom Birney, T. Birney Engineering Services: "Excellent course, well delivered by a highly experienced and interactive trainer"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email