CDM regulations come in to force

Posted: Thursday 12th April 2007

Following extensive consultation with the construction industry, the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) came in to force on Friday 6 April 2007. Making it easier for duty holders to comply with the requirements, they simplify and clarify existing Regulations.

Through a focus on managing risks on site, reducing paper work, encouraging team work and getting the right people for the right job at the right time, the implementation of these Regulations are expected to see a step change improvement in health and safety performance within the industry.

Construction remains one of the highest risk sectors, with over one fatality occurring each week despite the improvements made in recent years. The revised CDM Regulations aim to improve the level of health and safety performance in the construction industry by clarifying the responsibilities of each duty holder and focusing on effective planning and risk management.

Commenting on what is a landmark for the construction industry this year, Stephen Williams, Chief Inspector of Construction, HSE said: "The industry has worked very closely with HSE to revise the CDM Regulations and ensure that there are clear benefits for all competent dutyholders. The Regulations clarify responsibilities of each duty holder and require greater focus on the risks to be managed by all involved in the construction process. Underlying all the changes is one simple aim - to reduce the unacceptable number of fatalities and injuries in the construction industry."

The revised CDM Regulations will introduce the following changes:

The CDM 2007 Regulations have been developed in line with the Government’s Better Regulation principles and will consolidate and revise the main pieces of existing construction health and safety at work legislation, namely: the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996- resulting in a single, simplified set of regulations.

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