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Changes to Construction (Design & Management) Regulations

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6th April 2015 and these will replace the existing CDM 2007 Regulations. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is proposing a ‘crossover’ period of six months for projects under construction when the revised Regulations come into effect.

Key Proposed Changes
  • A legal obligation for duty holders to provide information, instruction, training and supervision, which replaces the duty to assess competence. the draft regulations do not specify the minimum standard required for compliance.
  • Introduction of guidance for duty holders and a simplified ACOP.
  • Construction phase coordination duties to remain with the Principal Contractor.
  • Replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator role with a Principal Designer responsible for health and safety in the design team. The role can be fulfilled by an individual or organisation.
  • Creation of Client duties for domestic projects which can be transferred to the Principal Designer and/or Principal Contractor.
  • The Client must ensure that the Principal Contractor complies with their duties. The draft regulations provide no indication as to how compliances are achieved.
  • The notification trigger has been amended to 30 days and more than 20 persons on site or 500 man days.
  • The Client will be responsible for notifying HSE of a project (F10 notification).
  • The Client will be required to appoint a Principal Contractor and/or Principal Designer if there will be more than one contractor on site.
  • A construction phase plan will be required for all projects.
  • The draft regulations do not require a review of the construction phase plan or indicate any requirements for its contents.

If you are unsure of your legal obligations under the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 or any other legislation such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.  Charter Health & Safety Solutions offices are located in London, Southampton and Salisbury.

Changes to First Aid Regulations Come into Effect

Businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace following a change in health and safety regulations.

As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.

The change is part of HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety, whilst maintaining standards. The changes relating to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Andy McGrory, HSE's policy lead for First Aid, said: "HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications. Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and first aid training that is right for their work place, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs.

"Employers still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work."

Information, including the regulations document and a guidance document to help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid training indicated by their first-aid needs assessment are available on the HSE website.

HSE will continue to set the standards for training. While the changes give employers flexibility, the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.

As part of the changes, the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) text which was previously included in guidance document L74 (which consisted of only 12 sentences), has been incorporated into the new guidance. The advice in the guidance sets out clearly the recommended practical actions needed, and the standards to be achieved, to ensure compliance with duties under the 1981 Regulations. This is intended as a comprehensive guide on ensuring compliance with the law.  Source - HSE Website

Charter Health & Safety Solutions  can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties. Please contact your local office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

HSE Unveils Changes to Reporting Requirements

The Health and Safety Executive has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

The change affects all employers - including the self-employed. 

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days

How an incident at work is reported and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated remain the same.  Source - HSE Website

Charter Health & Safety Solutions  can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties. Please call 0207 868 1797 or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

Update on the HSE's Refurbishment Initiative

Between 18 February and 15 March, HSE Inspectors visited a total of 2363 construction sites where refurbishment or repair work was being undertaken.

Their main focus during these inspections were Work at Height, Good Order and Welfare.  A staggering 653 enforcement notices were served on 433 sites were poor practices that could put workers lives at risk, with 451 ordering work to stop immediately until the situation had been rectified.  This amounted to almost 1 in 5 of construction sites being subject to enforcement action.  Source - HSE Website

If your company is engaged in construction work either as a Principal or a Sub-contractor Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation. Our offices are located in London, Southampton and Salisbury.

HSE Launches Safety Clampdown on Construction Sites

The HSE have just announced their latest safety campaign aimed at construction sites, stating that:

'Unsafe practices on construction sites are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

During a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Between 18 February and 15 March, inspectors will make unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable PPE such as head protection, is being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, 49 workers were killed while working in construction and 2,884 major injuries were reported. The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action'.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

"Death and injury continue to result from avoidable incidents and it is largely those engaged in refurbishment and repair work who are failing to step up to the mark. Poor management of risks and a lack of awareness of responsibilities is unacceptable.

In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference, and can even save lives. Therefore if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk we will take strong action.

We are determined to drive the message home that site safety and worker welfare cannot be compromised". Source - HSE Website

Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide advice to all contractors engaged in refurbishment or construction work in general.  

If you are unsure of your legal obligations under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 or any other legislation such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005 or the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.  Our offices are located in London, Southampton and Salisbury.

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