A new design for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations?

By Lukas Rootman

The changes proposed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the new draft Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are underpinned by a desire to improve standards of health and safety, particularly on smaller construction sites. The changes attempt to provide a regulatory framework that is more appropriate and relevant to smaller sites and generally to remove bureaucracy across the industry.

The construction industry remains, statistically, one of the highest-risk industry sectors to work in. According to data collected by the HSE, the construction industry still accounts for an average of 53 work-based fatalities and around 31,000 new cases of occupational disease and/or ill health every year.

The current Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 came into force on 6 April 2007, and brought together into one regulatory package the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. The key aim of the CDM Regulations 2007 was to improve health and safety by encouraging everyone to work together in collaboration…

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