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HSE announces consultation to replace Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007)

Published on 4 April 2014 at 16:42

1. The Consultation Document sets out HSE’s proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) and the linked Approved Code of Practice (ACoP). The proposed Regulations are in draft form and will be subject to change. The policy objectives behind the proposed Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) are to:

·         maintain or improve worker protection;

·         simplify the regulatory package;

·         improve health and safety standards on small construction sites;

·         implement the Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD)

·         discourage bureaucracy; and

·         meet better regulation principles.

2.  In developing this proposed regulatory package, the HSE has considered a broad range of evidence. This has included the evaluation of CDM 2007 through independent research, the views of a cross-industry working group established under the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) and a substantial body of evidence through HSE’s engagement with the construction industry.

3.   The draft Regulations propose significant changes in the following areas:

·         Significant structural simplification of the Regulations;

·         The replacement of the ACoP with targeted guidance;

·         Replacement of the CDM-c role with the ‘principal designer’;

·         Removal of explicit competence requirements and replaced with a requirement for appropriate skills;

·         Addressing areas of TMCSD relating to domestic clients; and

·         The threshold for appointment of co-ordinators.

4.  Subject to Ministerial and Parliamentary scrutiny the revised Regulations will come into force in April 2015.

Responses to the Consultation need to be received no later than the 6th June 2014. For more information please view the HSE website:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd261.htm