Consultation launched on new construction design & management regulations

Consultation launched on new construction design & management regulations


Author: Ron Reid

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) launched a 10 week consultation exercise on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) on 31st March 2014.

The HSE have explicitly stated that none of the proposals are set in stone - they want to hear from those affected to help shape the final regulations. The consultation documentation can be found here. They go on to say the aim is to deliver a set of regulations that are simpler and easily understood.

The current regulations have often caused confusion regarding the roles of different duty holders and with this in mind the consultation invites responses on proposals:

  • for replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with a principal designer role within the project team
  • to introduce a more general duty to inform, instruct, train and supervise to replace the current duty to assess competence
  • to remove the 'domestic client exemption' and transfer of these duties to the contractor/designer
  • to replace of the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) with tailored guidance

The consultation closes on the 6th June and businesses would be well advised to consider these proposals as these regulations impose duties on clients commissioning building work and therefore do not just affect those who work in the construction industry.

In addition to the consultation on the replacement of the CDM Regulations, the HSE is also currently consulting on the revision of the Provision of Use and Work Equipment (PUWER) Approved Code of Practice, Safe Use of Power Presses and Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery. All responses must be submitted by 23 May 2014.

All of the above form part and parcel of Professor Loftsedt's review of health and safety and the commitment to reduce any unnecessary burden on business.