New CDM Regulations 2015 published

IOSH members can view new regulations and guidance for managing safety and health in the construction industry.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) have officially been published, ahead of becoming the main driver for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects from 6 April.

They comprise six draft industry guidance documents aimed at clients, contractors, designers, principal contractors, principal designers and workers, and an additional HSE ?L? series guide on the regulations.

The new regulations have been drawn up following a public consultation last year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A number of new changes will come into force under the 2015 CDM Regulations. According to the HSE, they include:

??Principal Designer (PD) ? The CDM Co-ordinator role under CDM2007 will be replaced by the new PD role. It means responsibility for coordinated the pre-construction phase will rest with a member of the design team.
??Client ? The new regulations recognise the client as the head of the supply chain and as the party best place to set standards throughout a project.

??Competence ? The detailed requirements will be replaced with a more general framework which splits ?competence? into component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience and organisational capability.

Though ?domestic? clients are in the scope of CDM 2015, their duties will normally be transferred to other duty holders.

Projects which are already underway before 6 April will be able to comply with the 2007 CDM Regulations for a period of six months. After 6 October, all ongoing projects will have to comply with the new CDM Regulations 2015.

Paul Haxell, chair of the IOSH Construction Group said: ?There are some subtle yet very significant changes in the responsibilities of the duty holders which need to be carefully considered.

?For example, the strengthening of the client responsibilities and the explicit requirement for the PC to consult with the workforce are every bit as important as the plan, manage and monitor responsibility placed on the Principal Designer during the pre-construction phase.

?It is the latter which is receiving a lot of attention in the press. In my opinion, HSE and CONIAC have got it about right, given the huge variation in breadth which exists in the construction industry.

?There is a great new opportunity for the OSH professional to provide pragmatic advice to support implementation of the new regulations and not be seen to oversell professional services. The IOSH Construction Group is planning to plan a full part in this endeavour.?


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