The new regulations put more onus on Clients to ensure whole project compliance. As a Client you MUST ensure that those you appoint, i.e. Principal Designer and Principal Contractor along with the other designers, all comply with their duties. The new regulations make it easier for HSE inspectors to fine and prosecute all duty holders for non-compliance even if it has not led to an accident or incident. If a contractor or designer is found to have breached their regulations then the HSE may have grounds to investigate the Client for allowing this to happen and subsequent fines, notices or prosecutions may follow. It is therefore imperative that Clients have measures in place to ensure whole project compliance.
*Skills, Knowledge, Training and Experience (formerly competence)