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HSE delays introduction of revised CDM regulations

THE REVISED Construction (Design and Management) regulations will be implemented in spring 2007, the Health and Safety Executive has announced.

The revisions will combine provisions in the CDM Regulations 1994 and the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996.

In response to the three-month consultation exercise, the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has agreed to postpone implementation from 1 October this year. The new timetable has the support of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee CDM review working group.

HSE's chief inspector of construction, Stephen Williams, said: 'The revised CDM Regulations will replace the two key sets of existing regulations.

We need more time to make sure we get the changes right and the industry also needs to have adequate time to familiarise itself with the finalised CDM package.'

In December the HSC discussed the emerging fidings of the consultation and decided the new regulations should be supported by an Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and industry-produced guidance.

To give industry time to prepare for the changes, HSE intends to make a fi nal draft of the ACoP available three months before the regulations come into force.

In the meantime HSE will work with the industry to co-ordinate production of guidance as agreed by the HSC.

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