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12th January 2015

Major Changes to CDM Regulations

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published draft guidance on the legal requirements in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015).  

Subject to parliamentary approval CDM 2015 will come into force on 6th April 2015. These will replace the existing CDM 2007 regulations.

The guidance is designed to help anyone who has duties under the regulations to prepare in advance and can be found by clicking here

 Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction said:

“The guidance may be subject to change while the regulations are awaiting parliamentary approval but we want duty holders to have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the main requirements before they come into force.

In addition we have worked with the industry to produce guidance to assist small businesses. Both sets of guidance complement each other and will help anyone affected by CDM 2015 to prepare for the changes in the law.”

The principal changes are as follows:

  • Strengthening of Client duties;
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients;
  • Replacement of CDM Coordinator by a Principal Designer for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety;
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects where there will be more than one contractor working on the project;
  • Replacement of explicit requirement for dutyholder competence with need for appropriate Information, Instruction, Training & Supervision;
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level – now only required for projects lasting more than 30 days and involving more than 20 workers simultaneously.

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