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CDM Regulations – improving safety measures in the construction industry
Posted by David Cant on July 21, 2011
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The Construction Design and Management (CDM) 2007 regulations were introduced to benefit the construction industry and workers by improving site health and safety, manage site risks and to create an emphasis on effective project planning and risk management.  Smaller firms working in the construction industry could be forgiven for believing that they are also designed to make running your business harder and yet more time consuming.  As with any Health and Safety legislation CDM regulations can seem complex – but like other regulations they are designed to reduce risks to workers and employers and ensuring you comply is essential.

Who are CDM duty holders?

The CDM regulations define a number of duty holders and these are summarised below:

  • Clients: this can include individuals and companies or partnerships – anyone who as part of their business requires construction or alteration of buildings.
  • CDM Coordinators: Effectively a health and safety advisor a CDM co-ordinator is required on any project lasting more than 30 days or 500 employee days.
  • Designers:  Including engineers, surveyors and architects this group includes anybody involved in preparing drawings and specifications – a definition which has a broad interpretation.
  • Principal contractors and contractors:  Projects that last for more than 30 days or 500 employee days require the appointment of a principle contractor.  Contractors are defined in the regulations as including any business that works in “construction, alteration, maintenance or demolition”.
  • Workers:  last, but by no means least, this includes all the trades and general labouring staff who work on the construction – painters and decorators are included in this category.

What happens if I don’t comply?

Ultimately prosecution is the possible outcome of non-compliance with the CDM regulations, although the Health & Safety Executive are far more interested in prevention of accidents in the construction industry.  Construction is a high risk sector that accounts for approximately 30% of work related deaths the HSE has wide ranging powers to enforce the CDM regulations including the power to stop projects and require additional work.  In addition, Local Authorities play a role in the monitoring and enforcement of CDM regulations and can delay project and enforce compliance.

Where to find help with CDM regulations

The HSE provides detailed information and advice on the regulations on their website.  In addition there are many Health & Safety consultants who specialise in the construction industry.  Consultants can provide a range of services and are particularly suitable for smaller businesses that do not have their own capacity for Health and Safety officers.

Employing a consultancy such as Veritas Consulting to ensure compliance with the CDM regulations is essential for those businesses in this position.  CDM regulations are designed ultimately to ensure the safest possible working environment for those working in the construction industry – compliance can not only save time and money – but more importantly can save lives.

CDM regulations are designed to improve the Health and Safety record in the construction industry, a sector that has a high work related fatality rate.  All businesses involved in the construction industry must comply with the regulations to ensure safety and avoid delays and potential prosecutions.

Your next step

For CDM Services and help with Construction health and safety design risk management contact Veritas Consulting – contact uswe check all our emails day and night


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

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One Comment

  1. July 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Health and safety around a construction site are important, and this can be kept in check by having a security provider in when workers aren’t around, as thieves and vandals can cause damage to machinery and therefore cause accidents.

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