What is CDM 2015 all About – A Quick Overview – Part 1?

CDM 2015

For those overseeing construction projects, the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM 2015) will make important reading. They have now replaced the previous CDM 2007 Regulations as of 6th April 2015, and should make it easier for all parties to understand what they need to do in order to carry out construction work in a safe manner.

Why the change?

As part of the HSE’s 5 year review of the CDM 2007 Regulations, a number of key factors were highlighted that justified the change:
• There was a disproportionate level of fatal injuries, major injuries and incidents of ill-health, especially within SMEs.
• The 2007 regulations were considered to be too complicated and were not really geared towards smaller organisations (SMEs). Regulations needed to be simplified.
• There was the need to improve health and safety within SMEs engaged in construction work activities.
• CDM 2007 did not comply fully with the EU Directive (Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites (TMCSD) Directive 92/57/EEC)
• The government is keen to ensure that the burden on industry in relation to health and safety requirements is proportionate and less bureaucratic, and that industry is clear on what they need to do to ensure compliance.

What are the key changes?

All kinds of construction projects will now be covered by the revised legislation, including – for the first time – domestic jobs. A written construction phase plan is now necessary for all projects, and where the previous CDM 2007 regulations referred to a CDM Coordinator, the new CDM 2015 Regulations now cite a role of Principal Designer. Specific roles will be covered in Part 2 of this series.

Those who are subject to the new rules now also have a duty to ensure that all individuals engaged in construction work activities are in possession of the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.

Individuals who come under the revised rules range from clients and designers to contractors and workers. CDM 2015 is grounded in various key elements for securing construction health and safety. These include the application of the general principles of prevention, appointing the right people and organisations at the right time and making sure that everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision that is necessary if they are to carry out their jobs in a manner conducive of good health and safety principles.

CDM 2015 also outlines a requirement for dutyholders to cooperate and communicate with each other and coordinate their work. There is also the requirement to consult with workers and engage with them as part of the process of securing health, safety and welfare through the most effective measures.

Where do you start?

Now that the new Regulations are in place, there are transitional arrangements for 6 months to cover those projects that might have started under CDM 2007 and continued under the new requirement.

In Part 2 we will consider the key roles as part of CDM 2015. Those wishing to learn more may be interested to read the latest guidance document from HSE.  Howlett Health and Safety Services are reliable and professional health and safety consultants in London, get in touch if you require any further information or advice.

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