Changes to CDM are proposed following a lengthy consultation process

After the issuing of various reports, a consultation was launched that included new draft regulations; it closed in June 2014.  The Health and Safety Executive board considered the consultation responses and announced that, subject to minor revisions, the aim was for the revised regulations to come into force in April 2015.

The major changes to the 2007 regulations include the following:

  • Simplification of the regulations to incorporate a structure that follows the project process.
  • Simplification of the Approved Code of Practice. A shorter, more accessible document that will be complemented by simplified HSE and industry guidance, tailored to all needs and levels of knowledge. This should improve compliance and lessen misunderstandings, leading to enhanced health and safety records. The expiry of the ACOP in April 2015 will mean HSE and industry guidance will be the lone support during the interim period.
  • The role of the CDM Co-ordinator is to be covered by a “principal designer” within the project team, such as an architect or engineer. There are suggestions that designers may come to rely on third parties, thus rendering this change largely inconsequential from a cost and time perspective.
  • Removal of the domestic client exemption – the regulations will apply to domestic clients.
    Obvious concerns arise over the fact that householders and small contractors who carried out purely domestic works are suddenly subject to new complex regulations, which they will have to get to grips with in a short space of time.
  • Changes to project notification thresholds. Current requirements to notify the HSE about projects expected to last more than 30 days or involve more than 500 person-days of labour will be replaced by a requirement to notify projects involving “more than 30 working days and more than 20 workers simultaneously”.
  • Requiring written construction phase plans for all construction projects.
  • Requiring that a principal designer and principal contractor be appointed whenever there is more than one contractor on a project.

Many companies are welcoming this change which should result in a more streamlined set of guidance, however it will be interesting to see how small-medium enterprises respond, as along with CDM co-ordinators they make up the most affected groups. 


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Post date: 05 Jan 2015

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