The ICE has urged construction firms to ensure they are equipped to implement the updated Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations, known as CDM 2015.
Full implementation of the new regulations is required on all construction projects from 6 October.
While the transition arrangements are coming to an end - requiring full compliance for all projects - there are still parts of the industry that are not fully prepared.
ICE has produced a comprehensive programme of training and guidance materials on a range of CDM 2015 issues, to help construction and design professionals to deliver projects effectively and compliantly.
Industry experts around the country are delivering CDM 2015 training programmes, developed by ICE Training and peer-reviewed by the ICE health and safety expert panel. Over 650 construction professionals have completed the training on the new regulations which came into force in April.
The updated regulations, governing the design and construction processes of building and infrastructure projects, are broader in scope than previous iterations. They spread, re-assign and expand responsibilities across the roles involved in a project, including clients, designers, principal contractors, contractors and workers, and introduce the role of principal designer at the heart of pre-construction activity. This will change the dynamic of risk management on projects.
Design and planning decisions made during the pre-construction phase affect the health and safety of onsite workers, maintenance works and in operation and use. The new regulations have removed the role of CDM co-ordinator, and require the “principal designer” to manage health and safety risks created before construction, to appropriately minimise their impact throughout the life of a project.
Those attending an ICE CDM 2015 training programme will be well equipped to apply for membership of the ICE health and safety register - a publicised recognition of attainment of a defined standard in the principles of health and safety in construction. Attendance will also make a valid contribution to engineers’ continuing professional development.
The ICE is also running a dedicated CDM webinar on the day full implementation comes into effect. This will draw on feedback collated from the ICE Training courses from the last six months. Health &
Safety Executive head of CDM unit Russell Adfield, and construction expert Tony Putsman will be taking questions from the live audience.