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Safety- Review of CDM Regulations

YOUR CAREER: In January NCE heralded the arrival of the revised ACOP and guidance to the CDM Regulations. Now the Regulations themselves may be changed reports Martin Barnard.

Sir John Egan's strategic forum is looking to contribute proposals to HSE on possible changes to the legislation. Key proposals are likely to include:

lIndependent safety adviser appointed by client lClient to face greater responsibility for safety lDesigners and contractors to prove competence lShared responsibility for safety between whole team lSupply team to design out risk early in project I am in total agreement with such aims. However, I believe I am not alone in wondering why such objectives cannot be achieved under the existing CDM Regulations. I suspect the answer is that they can, provided there is the desire to do so.

Will any new regulations be any better?

Will we not have another five years of confusion, uncertainty and stubbornness born of a need to pick up and learn a new set of rules?

Is an existing planning supervisor not meant to be a client appointed independent adviser?

Will HSE have any greater desire or ability to enforce the new beyond what they are doing with the old?

Those who have embraced the principles of good health and safety practice have few problems with the CDM Regulations other than the intransigence and ignorance of those who chose not to. If the various reports are correct, there are plenty of miscreants to chose from. All it takes is for the authorities to be rigorous in enforcing the Regulations.

For my money, CDM has had a positive impact if only for the greater awareness that now exists of health and safety in the construction industry. More importantly, CDM has been a success for every individual who has escaped serious injury or death because of that awareness?

That is success!

Lunch time ice-breakers Things you need to know about:

Designers under the new CDM ACOP lDesigners' are in a unique position to reduce risks in construction work lDesigners earliest decisions can fundamentally affect health and safety lDesigners must not produce designs that cannot be constructed safely. Significant risks of death or serious personal injury or ill-health are not acceptable on any grounds Information should be clear, precise and in a form suitable for the user.

If you've got any photos worthy of inclusion in this section, e-mail them to me. £10 to those used. e-mail:martin. barnard@ symondsgroup. com

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