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ICE highlights the need for changes in CDM regs

An ICE report highlighting areas in the current Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations where improvements could bring significant benefit to industry has been welcomed by government and will contribute to a public review later in the year.

Having contributed to the current regulations, drafted in 2007, the ICE has now re-assessed the guidelines to ensure they continue to be effective.

ICE Health and Safety expert panel chairman David Lambert said the report makes positive recommendations and provides practical guidance.

“Through consultation with our membership and industry we have identified three areas specific to the regulations themselves where improvements are required, but also some broader strategic issues that need addressing.

“Importantly, better understanding across industry of ‘how far is far enough’ to satisfy the law, improved leadership and more stringent enforcement where guidance is not being followed,” he said. “These changes would help ensure that the regulations act as a sound risk management basis for projects.”

HSE review

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is reviewing the Regulations this year and the ICE’s report will help contribute to that review.

“Both the HSE and the Olympic Delivery Authority have been consulted during the production of this report and have indicated that it will make a helpful contribution to the final review, ” said Lambert.

“We hope that the outcome will be a clearer set of guidelines that will help industry manage risk more effectively, and importantly, understand what their obligations are in doing so.”

The report found that areas needing focused review included the competence of the CDM co-ordinator on projects, the accessibility and relevance of pre-construction information and the effective production of health and safety files.

With the Construction Industry Council, the ICE has previously called for health and safety regulation to be simplified to improve productivity.

In a joint consultation response to Professor Lofstedt’s review last year, the bodies said they saw no need to abolish any legislation, but recommended that some regulations be merged or simplified to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and burdens on the construction industry.

In producing the report, ICE worked with a number of industry bodies including Association for Project Safety, safety professionals body IOSH, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Royal Institution of British Architects, the HSE, and ConstructionSkills.

  • The full report is available on the ICE website

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