General terms

Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator

The deployment of a Safety and Occupational Health Coordinator ("SiGeKo") on a building site is required by Section 3 of the BaustellV (German ordinance concerning health and safety on building sites) where employees of several different companies (trades) are working on the building site at any one time. Despite being appointed by the building owner, the SiGeKo is not empowered to issue directives to the construction companies. The only exception is in the event of “imminent danger”.

Tasks for which the SiGeKo is responsible

The SiGeKo determines the required health and safety measures, coordinates their implementation and is responsible for ensuring that these are accordingly complied with. The range of advisory tasks covered by this coordinator is based on the implementation of Section 4 of the Act on the Implementation of Measures of Occupational Safety and Health during the planning and construction phases of the building project. The tasks of the SiGeKo correspond to the Federal regulations for occupational health and safety on construction sites (“RAB”). One of the most important tasks of the SiGeKo is to compile a health and safety plan (“SiGe Plan”). This contains the details of all the individually-developed regulations and information that, in accordance with the Act on the Implementation of Measures of Occupational Safety and Health, are designed to ensure that the health and safety of the construction workers are not endangered. Protecting individuals from falls is one of the major factors included in this plan - as is outwardly securing the building site.

SiGeKo training

In the RAB, the following expertise is described as being required for an individual to be classified as being a “suitable coordinator”: Knowledge of the construction trade, knowledge of occupational health and safety, coordination skills and at least two years’ work experience. In addition, this individual must have successfully completed a respective course and have received a corresponding certificate. Any individual who has not had the respective training - and who does not have proof of this - may not be deployed as a SiGeKo.

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