Changes to CDM Regulations on there way....
Revised Regulations released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) mean that from now on, all construction projects, including work in private houses, will need a health and safety plan.
Developed in consultation with industry and supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the 2015 Regulations aim to streamline the guidance for businesses without compromising safety standards. The Regulations come into force on 6 April.
The revised Regulations will simplify the structure of the current regulations; introduce the new role of ‘principle designer’ in place of the CDM co-ordinator. The explicit requirement for “competence” will also be replaced with the need for workers to have the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience that can be achieved in part through targeted training.
A report from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has indicated that these changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations should create savings of up to £19.6 million
Lord Freud, the Government’s Work and Pensions Minister, said worker safety and the performance of businesses have both received a boost thanks to a simplified approach to regulation.
He said: “By making it easier for businesses to understand what they need to do on health and safety, they can protect their staff and concentrate on prospering, rather than pointless box-ticking.”