Replacement of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007

Replacement of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007

Have you heard of the Construction Design and Management Regulations? Are you a Construction Site Manager? Do you work in the construction industry?

The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 (CDM) are changing. These construction regulations are put in place to consequently reduce deaths, injuries and ill health in construction areas.  They also help manage health and safety responsibilities and procedures through the construction phases.

The 2011 LOFSTEDT report stated they were concerned about how the current Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007. Employer’s failure of knowledge has therefore led to inadequately trained staff. This resulted in basic health and safety practice being missed. HSE also believe that the smaller construction companies have little understanding of the regulations. There is confusion with smaller companies are used on bigger contracts. Companies were confused about responsibility and health and safety procedures.

Construction Design and Management Regulations

There are other reasons for the change. Reports by the TMCS believe there are poor health and safety coordination within organisations. Furthermore, TMCS believe procedures are not being followed. TMCS state there are too many different CDM interpretations. They feel poor risk assessments are taking place. There is clearly a need for simplification and need for general improvement on site.

Other changes also include a possible renewal of roles and responsibilities for the CDM coordinator. In the past, a client would nominate a CDM coordinator who would take care of health and safety issues. He would also look after the planning and pre-construction phase. Changes made will include the architect coordinating health and safety at the pre-construction phase. Then the principal contractor taking over on site and following the health and safety procedure. This, as a result, will improve everyone’s understanding and help health and safety become more seriously recognised.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) can help you to:

  • Improve health and safety in your industry.
  • Ensure that you have the right people for the right job at the right time to manage the risks on site.
  • Learn how to focus on effective planning and manage the risk.

Site work has health and safety responsibilities. It is extremely important to check that working conditions are healthy. Sites are checked before construction begins. You should rule out and manage the proposed work and identify if others are going to be put at risk. This requires detailed planning and organisation. Most noteworthy this applies whatever the size of the site. It doesn’t depend on the amount of time spent on site.

It is extremely important that you understand your responsibilities. As an employer, you must ensure employees receive the correct training. Employees make sure you have the knowledge and understanding of health and safety procedure. If you feel you require training, ask your employer to provide this for you. Having the correct training and certificates helps to cover you as a business. It will prevent any claims, accidents or misunderstandings from arising.

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