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Health and Safety File Contents

The contents of a Health & Safety File

The Health and Safety File should contain the following information:

  • A brief description of the work carried out.
  • Any residual hazards which remain and how they have been dealt with (e.g. information concerning asbestos, contaminated land, buried services etc.).
  • Key structural information (e.g. bracing, sources of substantial stored energy – including pre- or post-tensioned members etc.).
  • Safe working loads for floors and roofs, particularly where these may prohibit placing scaffolding or heavy machinery.
  • Hazardous materials used (e.g. pesticides, special coatings which should not be burnt off etc.).
  • Information regarding the removal or dismantling of installed plant and equipment (e.g. any special arrangements for lifting, special instructions for dismantling etc.).
  • Health and safety information about equipment provided for cleaning or maintaining the structure.
  • The nature, location and markings of significant services, including underground cables; gas supply equipment; fire-fighting services etc
  • Information and as-built drawings of the structure, its plant and equipment (e.g. the means of safe access to and from service voids, fire doors and compartmentalisation etc.).

The Health and Safety File does not need to contain information that is irrelevant to the future planning of works or the normal operation of the structure.

Health & Safety File Sections

Please refer to the Edocuments Template