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11th April 2014

HSE announces CDM Regs consultation

The Health and Safety Executive has recently 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
  • 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 here

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