HSE plans shake up of CDM Regulations

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (“CDMR”) govern the safety of those working on construction sites by apportioning roles of responsibility to individuals involved in the construction process as well as to client organisations.

In 2010 the Health and Safety Executive undertook a large scale evaluation of the CDMR, set against the backdrop of numerous reforms and initiatives by the current Government to make health and safety regulations more accessible, in particular, to individuals and small businesses.

The evaluation, completed in 2011, found that the shortcomings of the current regime “disproportionately affected small businesses” and on 31 March 2014 the HSE published “Consultation on Replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007” proposing a major revision of the CDMR.

This article summarises the Consultation’s proposed revisions and evaluates the impact on key duty holders in the construction industry.

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