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Delays to CDM put health and safety improvements at risk

Attempts to improve construction's health and safety record could be derailed by delays in publishing an approved code of practice (ACOP) for the revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, a leading safety adviser warned this week.
The Health & Safety Commission submitted an ACOP, setting out the requirements of the revised CDM regulations in plain English, to Health and Safety minister Lord Hunt in December. It was originally scheduled for submission in October last year, however, this was delayed due to short-staffing at the Health & Safety Executive that drafted it.The ACOP is now expected to be approved and published in February, more than a month later than expected.'We had been hoping that the ACOP would be out by now so the industry could read and digest it before the revised regulations come in [in April],' said secretary of the Standing Committee on Structural Safety John Carpenter. 'If people start to apply the revised regulation in the same way that they're applying existing regulations then the case for them will have been lost. It's an enormous hindrance.'The ACOP will 'enable all involved in a project to understand their responsibilities without having to hire a lawyer to tell them how to interpret them', Carpenter said.

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