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New HSE Guidance Issued Ahead of Changes to CDM Regulations

January 13, 2015
Health and Safety

hard hatsThe Health and Safety Executive have published draft guidance on the legal requirements contained in the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, which are due to come into force on 6th April this year.

One of the major changes under the new regulations will be the removal of the role of CDM coordinator; clients will now have to appoint a Principal Designer and Principle Contractor to fulfill their duties. HSE Chief Inspector of Construction Phillip White explained it was important to get the guidance issued in plenty of time for the change in the law. “The guidance may be subject to change while the regulations are awaiting parliamentary approval, but we want duty holders to have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the main requirements before they come into force,” he said. “In addition, we have worked with the industry to produce guidance to assist small businesses. Both sets of guidance complement each other and will help anyone affected by CDM 2015 to prepare for the changes in the law.”

Other changes remove the explicit requirement for ‘competence’, replacing it with the need for workers to have appropriate, skills, knowledge and experience. There will be a six month transitional period for projects already underway when the new regulations come into force.

You can view the HSE guidance here