Law At Work – the Channel Islands’ leading human resources, employee relations and health and safety specialist – has appointed Julie Shingles to a new role created by Jersey regulations governing the construction industry that recently came into force.
Mrs Shingles is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who has over 30 years’ experience of working in the Channel Islands’ property market, most recently as Head of Property for a major Channel Island retailer, with responsibility for the company’s extensive property portfolio.
Her appointment has been made in response to the Management in Construction (Jersey) Regulations 2016, which came into force at the beginning of October.
The new regulations create the role of Health and Safety Project Coordinator for major construction projects (where work will last more than 30 working days or involve more than 500 person days). The regulations define the duties of the role and set out the information that the Coordinator is legally obliged to pass on to the States’ Health and Safety Inspectorate.
Critically, the Coordinator must be involved in construction projects from the very outset to ensure that Health and Safety is integral to the design phase and beyond.
Mrs Shingles said: “The regulations state that the Coordinator must be in place from the beginning to the end of a project to facilitate effective communication, cooperation and coordination between all parties involved.
“Larger contractors may be able to employ a full-time Coordinator, but that might not be practical or affordable for small to medium-sized firms. This is where LAW can help: we can perform that important and obligatory role to ensure that projects comply with the law and, above all, are safe.”
Kelly Flageul, Managing Director of LAW, said: “We have always been proud of our ability to change with our clients’ needs, and this includes having to respond to new legislation. I have no doubt that Julie will be an important asset to many firms as they adapt to and embrace the new regulations. We don’t view the new rules as an unnecessary level of ‘red tape’; they are, in fact, a sensible step forward to make the construction process, and our buildings, safer for everyone.”