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Proposed CDM 201X Almost Coming to an End – Participate Now!
Posted by David Cant on May 19, 2014
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CDM 201X is set to go live by April 2015, and this is of course after it goes through Ministerial and Parliamentary scrutiny. However, once the regulations are in effect, there will be no grace period given for compliance. It is imperative then that stakeholders begin to familiarise themselves with some of the changes that could be implemented once the draft becomes law.

To start with, it is important to note that clients are central to the success or failure of construction projects. For this reason, the public which comprises the face of the clientele should take an active role in participating in the revision process of the CDM 2007. Being aware of the CDM regulations will be empowering as they will consequently take a more active role in ensuring that any construction work being carried out on their behalf whether on a large or small scale, is planned and managed properly, adhering to set industry standards.

Internal Challenges

Over time there has been a growing concern within the industry about the cost of finding competent workers. It is important for the industry then to develop and promote competence among its workers through granting consistent training, development and learning opportunities. This will further reduce accidents and incidences of poor health among the workers.

The current challenge of the CDM ACoP is that it is inaccessible due to its lengthiness, complexity, and seeming irrelevance to the duty-holders whom it regulates. This presents a challenge in the issue of compliance of construction workers. Further, those who are responsible for ensuring that the regulations of the document are enforced find it difficult to apply appropriately because of its complexity.

This poses a challenge to the client because it presents an image of the construction industry that those duty holders are not entirely equipped for their work, and neither are those responsible for managing them; those to whom possible incompetency would be reported to. This means that if any regulations or laws regarding health and safety are broken leading to consequences that put a client at risk much later, the client will not be aware, perhaps until it is too late.

To this end, the HSE proposes to replace the ACoP with a guidance document presented in simple English containing clear guidelines on what is required by construction companies in order to comply with the law including how to interpret the guidelines, and in the same token provide guidance material targeted toward small businesses, recognising their value and enabling them to comply with industry standards.

Have Your Say

The public consultation plays a key role in facilitating the process of revamping the construction industry, making it as effective as it can possibly be. The value of the public consultation is that it addresses issues that are bound to affect all parties involved in the construction, including clients. It is imperative then that the public’s voice be heard in order to enable the industry to be regulated by a system that prevents it from repeating the mistakes of the past at the same time, ridding itself of structures that are no longer effective in ensuring its efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.

To this end, there are several key areas where revisions and amendments will be made in the CDM 2007. These are the areas for which the public’s response is critical in this process:

  • Structure of the draft Regulations
  • Co-ordination roles (principal designer and principal contractor)
  • Appointment thresholds
  • Contractors’ duties
  • Designers’ duties
  • Consideration of withdrawal of ACoP

It is important for all stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the details of these areas in order to know how best to respond in the ongoing consultation. For the public, participating in this process will be crucial to any future construction work in an area near you. Knowing the regulations will provide an opportunity for you to ensure that construction work being done is carried out in the right way and does not put you or your loved ones at any type of risk.

As always, we value your opinion and would love to hear your views and opinions regarding the proposed CDM 201X document. Also, if you want an expert to assess your work safety standards, contact us today and our team of highly experienced professionals will work with you to ensure your standards are up to par with the CDM regulations.

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David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

His aim is to flavour Health and Safety with integrity, served with a side of humour You can find David on - Twitter and Google also Linkedin

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