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Employees lack confidence in CDM2007 regulations, according to survey

Two years on from the introduction of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM2007) a new survey has found that 54% lack confidence in management to understand their responsibilities.

In addition, 53% of health and safety professionals say fellow managers were not fully able to carry out their CDM2007 duties, according to the CDM2007 Impact Survey.

“All of those who have contributed regard CDM2007 as critical to improving health and safety in the building and construction industries,” said Steve Dalby, business director of digital training organisation CDM2007.org, which carried out the survey. “They understand their responsibilities for turning CDM2007 into reality inside their own organisations, enterprises and practices.  As an informed and committed group of people at the frontline, their voices are particularly worth hearing.”

“Most of the survey participants are reporting good progress, however a substantial minority seem to be telling us that there is still plenty of room for improvement on the part of their employers” said Dalby

Although 59% of respondents said positive recognition and priority is being given to CDM2007 by their boards and chief executives, a further 19% say this is not the case.

A quarter of respondents say that their organisations do not have clear CDM2007 policies, while 26%are not aware of any clear chain of responsibility.  Approaching one in three (28 per cent) of those surveyed report that there is no CDM2007 culture.

Amongst those reporting that their employers had established a clear chain of CDM2007 responsibility, almost nine in ten of them (88 per cent) also pointed to there being a clear policy for implementation.

“It appears that those employers who have implemented clear chains of responsibility and implementation policies, positive cultures and appropriate support and resources to duty-holders are broadly the same organisations,” said Dalby. “That may leave a significant gap between them and others.  As many as one in four employers could well be doing a significant amount in these recessionary times, but not enough and not well enough.  

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