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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.

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