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What has become of this thing?

5 September 2009

Derek Thomson

While preparing teaching materials tonight, I caught myself lol’ing at a new JCT SBC/Q clause which arrived with the second Revision over the summer.  This cannot bode well.

Anyway, here it is – introducing Schedule 8 (the new one), cl. 2.1:

Without limiting either Party’s statutory and/or regulatory duties and responsibilities and/or the specific health and safety requirements of this Contract, the Parties will endeavour to establish and maintain a culture and working environment in which health and safety is of paramount concern to everybody involved with the project.

Bonus points to whoever can come up with legally workable definitions of “culture,” “paramount concern” and “everybody involved.” Draw your own conclusions as to this thing’s efficacy!

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