The proposed revised Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations and Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) were this week approed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and submitted to the minister.
The Regulations revise and bring together provisions in the existing CDM Regulations 1994 and the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 into a single regulatory package.HSE head of construction policy Richard Boland said 'We remain on target for the Regulations coming into force in April next year. Over the past four years we have worked in partnership with the industry to simplify and add clarity to construction health and safety law so that risks on site can be properly managed.' The Commission said that the Regulations do not impose new duties on clients. They make explicit what clients should already be doing as a result of existing duties in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Clear, simple guidance for small and medium-sized businesses and clients is being developed by industry, which the HSE said will be crucial in helping smaller clients, addressing misconceptions and alleviating concerns. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) agreed to report back to the Commission in January 2007 on progress with these issues.