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CDM regs review could lead to rewrite

GOVERNMENT SAFETY regulations face a major rewrite, according to the consultant commissioned to come up with a plan to simplify them.

At issue are sections of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994 covering the competence and resources of construction team members.

The whole CDM Regulations are under review but no official date for the revised version has yet been announced.

'Although everyone accepts the need for competence on site, the current procedures generate vast amounts of paperwork and generally don't add anything to the process, ' said consultant John Carpenter.

He will head up the research commissioned by the Health & Safety Executive.

'And no-one really knows how to go about establishing the adequacy of resource, so this section is largely ignored.'

The sections on resource and competence have been controversial since their introduction, as the relevant European Directive did not include them.

'We must look at what works in the current CDM Regulations and what doesn't, ' said Carpenter.

'Competence is relatively easy to handle, because that's looking backwards. Assessing resource adequacy means trying to predict the future, which is never easy.'

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