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ICE panel to study CDM lessons learnt from Olympic Games

Members of the ICE’s health and safety panel have helped the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) produce a review of safety practices during the London 2012 construction programme.

The ODA commissioned a report - jointly-funded by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the ICE’s research and development fund - to review duty holder roles and their implementation of the 2007 Construction Design and Management (CDM) principles.

The aim of the ODA’s report, published in August, was to review the effectiveness of the 2007 CDM regulations as implemented by duty holders and to assess the extent to which CDM impacted the construction of London 2012.

Following the ODA’s report and the upcoming changes to the 2007 CDM principles by the HSE, ICE’s health and safety panel is looking at the CDM principles, with plans to hold a series of events and workshops. These will help shape ICE’s response to the consultation exercise expected to take place in 2013.

Lessons from ODA report

The ICE health and safety panel will absorb lessons learnt from the ODA’s report, alongside an ICE-generated report entitled CDM, three years on which was published earlier this year. Both will be crucial in determining the effectiveness of CDM and assessing which changes need to be undertaken.

“A key element to the success of Olympic Games was that key infrastructure projects were delivered on time and to the highest standards,” said ICE health and safety panel chairman David Lambert. “Importantly, principles of health and safety were embedded at every stage of the project and on top of the timing and durability of the Olympic infrastructure, it was all completed in a manner where contractors could carry out their work in the safest manner possible.”

“To truly benefit from the health and safety legacy of the Olympic infrastructure, we need to understand and implement best practices identified in the ODA’s report, as well as ICE’s CDM report. These, along with other ongoing work, will inform ICE’s consultation response to the review of the CDM regulations.”

ICE research and development fund chairman Tim Broyd, added: “Good health and safety standards are absolutely essential for everyone and this was a key driving force behind why we provided funding for the ODA’s report. The Olympics was one of the largest engineering projects carried out in the UK and it is important that any lessons learnt will benefit the whole industry.”

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