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ICE welcomes new draft CDM guidance

The ICE has welcomed a new draft Construction, Design and Management Regulations guidance package.

It says it will review the package, which includes Health and Safety Executive and industry guidance, to ensure the final regulations are as effective and workable as possible.

It was responding to publication of the draft Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), HSE guidance (L153) and a suite of Industry Guidance.

The ICE had previously been concerned about the transformation of the CDM coordinator role to that of Principal Designer, the implications for relationships on construction projects, and how competence will be addressed.
The revised 2015 regulations, which will come into effect on 6 April subject to Parliamentary approval, set out three main changes in addition to extending the scope to domestic projects.

Replacing the CDM co-ordinator role with that of “principal designer” will mean that responsibility for coordinating the pre-construction or design phase - crucial to the management of construction projects - will rest with an integral member of the design team, who will also provide support to the client.

The new draft guidance also recognises the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and the fact that clients are best placed to set standards throughout a project.

This places extra responsibilities on clients, but could increase bureaucracy, said the ICE.

The new guidance also includes a new definition of competence. This is described as skills, knowledge, training and experience, and - if it relates to an organisation - organisational capability.

This aligns with other regulations and is intended help the industry to demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project.

ICE health and safety panel chair, Margaret Sackey, welcomed publication of the draft regulations, but intended to review them closely to ensure they are fit for purpose.

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