The rules on facilities, sanitary and safety measures in construction work and other temporary construction work in force in Iceland were set in the light of the Directive applicable in the European Economic Area. The purpose of the rules is to coordinate safety and health measures in such workplaces.
Particular attention is given to the responsibilities and obligations in which more than one developer is employed. The role of the buyer, contractor, employers and coordinator of safety and health measures is defined both at the preparation and execution stage of the work.
The rules require the buyer to ensure that a safety and health plan is drawn up before the construction site is organized, setting out the procedures applicable to the construction site in question. The plan shall, inter alia, prescribe specific measures for work involving hazards for workers.
Purpose of the safety and health plan
The purpose of the safety and health plan is to ensure that everyone who works in the construction or construction works in a good working environment. The plan must be designed to ensure the safe execution of the work. The plan is also a tool for joint work on safety issues in the workplace. A safety and health plan must be made if two or more employers / contractors have more than 10 employees at work on the construction site.
Who should do the safety and health plan?
The buyer must ensure that a safety health plan is established for the building site. At the preparatory stage, he shall appoint a coordinator of the safety and health measures that will oversee such a plan. During the execution phase of a project, the coordinator shall ensure, inter alia, that the plan is being carried out. He shall also ensure that the necessary changes to the safety and health plan are implemented as the work continues.
When is the plan available?
Before starting work, make a safety and health plan. When an auction is made, the plan must be prepared as a continuous document. It should take into account workplace conditions, including the hazards that may exist with regard to the safety and health of workers, and what prevention measures are taken. The plan must be available in full before the work begins.