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Complex wiring at Corsham Tunnels, Wiltshire © Historic England Archive
Complex wiring at Corsham Tunnels, Wiltshire © Historic England Archive

Health and Safety

Installing building services such as external or internal lighting can involve the dangers of working at height. Health and safety legislation places a duty of care on contractors, consultants and their employees for the benefit of themselves and the public.

Both contractors and consultants must be aware of their statutory duties and the special care required when working on historic buildings. All other parties, including the client, architects, building surveyors and other advisers involved in the design and installation of the external lighting must also comply with health and safety legislation and ensure that both access and working conditions are safe.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. Even if your project is non-notifiable, you must still comply.

Also see our web page Health and Safety Works to Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets.

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