Trade body the Construction Confederation (CC) has warned contractors that changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM), which came into force on 6 April, still apply despite the tabling of a House of Commons debate on the issue.
CC moved to clear up confusion after the Opposition drafted an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons in response to concerns about the proposals raised by some clients. This will result in a Commons debate on May 10. The confederation's health and safety director, Shelley Atkinson-Frost, said: 'It is crucial that contractors and clients appreciate that the revised regulations apply despite the planned debate. Site health and safety is of paramount importance and there should be no doubt in anyone's mind over where responsibility lies for ensuring health and safety requirements are in place.' The greatest changes are for clients and for the new dutyholder, known as the CDM coordinator. Changes for designers and contractors are restricted to what they can expect from the client and CDM coordinator and clarification of duties to co-operate and to co-ordinate.