Changes to CDM regulations confirmed


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the outcome of its consultation on proposals to revise the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

The aim of the consultation was to reduce the bureaucratic approach taken by industry under the current CDM Regulations and the HSE received over 1,400 responses, which is amongst the highest of any consultation undertaken by HSE.

NAS submitted a response on behalf of its members, which highlighted the importance of communicating the revised Regulations and new associated guidance in order to deliver real change in the industry. Overall the outcome of the consultation reflects the NSCC response, including keeping an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the new Regulations which HSE had originally proposed to replace with guidance.

    The main changes to the CDM Regulations will be:

  • The CDM co-ordinator role will be replaced by that of the principal designer

  • A new, shorter ‘signposting’ ACOP, supported by HSE and industry guidance

  • The HSE notification threshold will only apply to projects lasting more than 30 working days and involving more than 20 workers simultaneously

  • All construction projects will require a written construction phase health and safety plan

  • Clarifying the provisions relating to domestic clients with their duties being fulfilled by the principal contractor.

NAS members can receive free advice on the CDM Regulations via the NAS Health and Safety Helpline provided NAS House.

Source: National Association of Shopfitters