Friday, 21 November 2014

CDM Regulation Changes

HSE Public Consultation
CDM Consultation

From April 2015 the CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations are expected to change. There is a consultation document out for comment at present (click on the image above). These regulations cover Health & Safety of construction projects and are being updated to remain fit for purpose, to tie in with European Directives and in an attempt to reduce unnecessary paperwork which is seen as hindering safety improvements.

For larger projects much will remain as it currently is. However, for small building sites and residential clients which were previously exempt there will be changes. It has been identified incidents of injuries on small construction sites have not decreased at the same rate as those on larger projects. Proposed changes are likely to put additional responsibilities on clients, which may include welfare of site operatives and assuring the competence of contractors and consultants appointed.

A new role of ‘Principle Designer’ will take a lead on Health and Safety at the design stage of any project. This will better enable CDM issues to be designed out rather than forcing amendments as an afterthought of a design.

A finalised draft of the revised regulations is expected in early January 2015.

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