Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015. The new regulations will apply to virtually all building and construction projects involving more than one contractor.
Ahead of their enforcement the Health and Safety Executive has now published draft guidance on the regulations:
HSE Draft Guidance - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Other useful documents now available include a series of draft industry guides written by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) that set out, in practical terms, the actions required by each of the five duty holders under CDM 2015 to deliver a safe construction project. Similar guidance is also available for workers:
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Clients
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Contractors
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Designers
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Principal Contractors
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Principal Designers
- CONIAC Industry Guidance for Workers
Perhaps the headline change to the regulations will be the replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator role by Principal Designers shifting the responsibility for coordination of the pre-construction phase to an existing member of the design team. However, it is important to realise that Clients, Designers, Contractors and Principal Contractors all have amended and new duties.
At Monaghans we are training our teams to undertake the PD role and offering training to prepare our clients and contacts for the range of other expected changes. If you would like some professional guidance as you prepare for the transition to the new regulations, please do get in touch, we would be happy to advise you according to your specific concerns and requirements.