Minimum health and safety requirements for temporary or mobile sites /Construction

Government Decision no. 300/2006 (“GD 300/2006”) sets out the minimum health and safety requirements for temporary or mobile worksites.

As of January 2007, GD 300/2006 implemented into Romanian legislation the Directive 92/57/EEC of 24 June 1992[1]. This is a special norm applicable only to temporary and mobile sites, whereas the general framework on health and safety of workers is provided by Law no. 319/2006[2] further detailed with its methodological norms.

Although health and safety requirements are generally regulated under Law no. 319/2006, the provisions of GD 300/2006 take precedence over the general law, as these are more restrictive and/or more specific.

According to GD 300/2006, worksites are regulated as any site where construction or civil engineering works are carried out, with a non-exhaustive list being provided in Annex 1. GD 300/2006 also defines several terms used throughout, such as beneficiary, site manager, designer, contractor, health and safety coordinator, etc.

Obligations of the beneficiary and the contractor

According to GD 300/2006, when the works on the site are carried out by several entities (i.e. contractors, subcontractors and/or independent workers), the beneficiary and/or the site supervisor must appoint a health and safety coordinator for the entire duration of the works.

The beneficiary or the site manager must also establish a health and safety plan prior to the opening of the site, drafted by the health and safety coordinator. A health and safety plan is a written document containing measures that must be carried out in order to prevent risks that might appear during works on the site. Articles 17 to 19 of GD 300/2006 list the minimum requirements that the health and safety plan must cover. Moreover, the annexes of GD 300/2006 also set out specific risks related to work areas and types of work that have to be included in the content of the health and safety plan.

A contractor has a separate obligation to draft its own health and safety plan to be provided to the beneficiary, the site manager or the health and safety coordinator, as the case may be, within 30 days from the date of contracting the work.

The contractor’s plan must be coordinated with the worksite health and safety plan (n.b. the plan prepared by the beneficiary). The same requirement to prepare a plan applies to subcontractors working on the site. Before starting works on the site, the health and safety plan prepared by the contractor/subcontractor must be reviewed and approved by the health and safety coordinator, by the occupational physician and the health and safety committee members or the workers’ representatives.

The plan must be updated whenever necessary and the contractor has an obligation to keep it five (5) years after the final handover of the works is done.

Aside from the health and safety plan, GD 300/2006 provides for other mandatory documents:

  • the coordination registry, kept by the health and safety coordinator, evidencing all documents prepared by the supervisor, events on the site, findings and accidents;
  • the subsequent interventions file, also prepared by the health and safety coordinator.

If the site is expected to remain open for longer than thirty (30) working days, and it employs more than 20 workers at the same time - or involves a volume of work in excess of 500 man-days - the beneficiary or site supervisor must give prior notice in accordance with Annex III of GD 300/2006 to the territorial labour inspectorate before work starts.

The main obligation of employers (either on beneficiary or contractor side) is to comply with the general obligations set out in GD 300/2006, the requirements of the health and safety plan and the instructions of the safety coordinator or the site manager. The appointment of several health and safety coordinators by the beneficiary or by the site manager to carry out the obligations set out by GD 300/2006, does not exempt them from liability.


The annexes to GD 300/2006 also transpose the annexes to the Directive 92/57/EEC, and they contain substantial information, as follows:

ANNEX I: Non-exhaustive list of building and civil engineering works;

ANNEX II: Non-exhaustive list of work involving particular risks to the safety and health of workers;

ANNEX III: Content of the prior notice;

ANNEX IV: Minimum safety and health requirements for construction sites.


[1] on the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements for temporary or mobile construction sites.

[2] implementing Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work

Publishing date: 21.07.2016

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