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Member views on CDM needed

Chance to influence future construction design rules.

ICE members’ views on the impact the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2007) have had on industry are being sought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It is now three years since the CDM 2007 regulations were revised and 15 years since the
original CDM regulations came into force.

It is standard policy to review regulations to meet both European Commission and HSE requirements and in order to guide future policy.

Survey

A survey is being distributed to seek opinions on the extent to which CDM 2007 has met the original aims for these regulations, which were:

  • Simplifying the regulations to improve safety - making it easier for duty holders to know what is expected of them
  • Maximising their flexibility - to fit with the vast range of contractual arrangements in the industry
  • Making their focus planning and management, rather than the plan and other paperwork - to emphasise active management and minimise bureaucracy
  • Strengthening the requirements regarding co-ordination and co-operation, particularly between designers and contractors - to encourage more integration
  • Simplifying the assessment of competence (both for organisations and individuals) to help raise standards and reduce bureaucracy.

The research to evaluate CDM 2007, which is being funded by the HSE, forms an important strand of a wider evaluation, including parallel activities by members of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee’s CDM evaluation working group which represents a range of construction and engineering organisations, including ICE.

A spokesperson for the working group said: “The evaluation is about gathering stakeholder views on the impact of CDM 2007 on the construction industry and the costs and benefits involved.

“It is not about detailed development of any new package. What happens next depends on the comments received,”

Working group spokesperson

“It is not about detailed development of any new package. What happens next depends on the comments received and, if appropriate, a separate consultation exercise would follow later. HSE, supported by ourselves, needs your help at this current information gathering stage and we encourage those who are contacted to complete the survey. HSE’s construction policy manager, Andrew Maxey added: “This evaluation is an important opportunity to influence policy on health and safety legislation in the construction sector. If people are approached by Frontline Consultants Ltd, Marketing Means or their own member organisation to take part in a survey or attend a workshop, this request is genuine. The Frontline survey will have a point of contact on it in case of queries.

“It is important that we hear from all of the key duty holder groups - clients, designers, CDM coordinators, principal contractors and sub contractors. We also wish to reach small and medium-sized firms as well as large ones. This will help to evaluate whether the regulations place a disproportionate burden on smaller businesses.”

  • The survey is being distributed nationwide. More information can be found at www.ice.org.uk

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