The Health and Safety Executive has today opened a 10 week consultation on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007).
Key changes being proposed include:
- replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with a principal designer role within the project team;
- introducing a duty on information, instruction, training and supervision to replace the duty to assess competence;
- removal of the domestic client exemption and transfer of these limited duties to the contractor/designer; and
- replacement of the ACoP with tailored guidance.
HSE’s Construction Chief Inspector Heather Bryant said:
“Despite recent improvements, construction can still be a dangerous industry and the CDM Regulations are at the heart of how we are working to improve safety.
“The proposed changes are aimed at ensuring more people come home safe and well from their work and making the law simpler and clearer for employers to understand, particularly small businesses.
“The Regulations and supporting guidance need to help those working on building sites to get health and safety right. That’s why it is important that we get a good response to the consultation, helping us build on the great support we’ve had from the industry during the development of these proposals.”
The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) has worked with HSE over the last two years to develop the proposals.
The consultation is open from 31 March until 6 June 2014. The full document can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd261.htm
Notes to Editors
- The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) provide a framework for the management of health and safety in construction projects, with an integrated approach to planning and management from the design concept onwards. They stipulate minimum standards of health, safety and welfare provisions during the construction phase. CDM 2007 came into force in April 2007, consolidating the earlier CDM 1994 and Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. CDM is the main vehicle for implementing the Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD).
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill-health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulation and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. http://www.hse.gov.uk
- The proposed changes are designed to improve worker protection, but also to deliver significant savings to businesses. They do not significantly change the technical standards, for example on fire, stability and welfare. HSE wants to make it easier for employers, in particular those engaged on small projects, to understand what is required of them.
- HSE wants to get these changes right and wants the burden on business to be minimal. Views are needed through the consultation to make the Regulations work for everyone.