The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced major changes to the Construction (design & management) (CDM) Regulations. Subject to Parliamentary approval, this updated set of regulations will replace the current CDM 2007 regulations on 6 April 2015.
The key changes
- Principal designer – the CDM 2015 regulation replaces the (CDM 2007) ‘CDM co-ordinator’ role with ‘principal designer’. The principal designer will be responsible for managing health and safety in the ‘pre-construction’ phase. According to the draft guidelines, this includes:
- identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks.
- liaising with both the client and principal contractor to manage health and safety concerns.
- Client – the new regulations recognise the client as the head of the supply chain, thus the client is expected to take on an overseeing role on any project. This responsibility includes appointing other duty holders (including principal designer and contractor).
- Domestic clients – For the first time, domestic clients, such as homeowners, will come under the CDM rules, although client duties will likely be passed onto others involved in the project.
- Competence – suitability for a CDM role will be judged on individual ‘competencies’, including skills, knowledge, training and experience, and - if it relates to an organisation - organisational capability. Splitting competencies into these component parts will give clarity to those assessing a project’s team.
Although the regulation is subject to change under Parliamentary scrutiny, it is thought that the main requirements of the proposed regulation will come into force. The HSE is eager to familiarise all stakeholders with the changes before the April deadline.
After 6 April 2015, projects that are already under way will have a six month transitional period to enforce the necessary changes. Any appointed CDM co-ordinators must be replaced with a principal designer by 6 October 2015, provided the project does not finish before this date. Projects that have not started by the April deadline will be new regulations straight away.
Safety Schemes in Procurement
As with CDM 2007, contractors and designers can demonstrate that they meet the new standard for health and safety performance using Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) approved assessments, included within the Altius Vendor Assessment system. SSIP provides mutual recognition among its pre-qualification member schemes. If a company has already been assessed by an SSIP member scheme, it will automatically be an accepted SSIP contractor – providing the necessary customer assurance. Altius are long term members of the SSIP Forum Management Group and host and maintain the SSIP portal
There are other methods of demonstrating CDM capability, including the new PAS 91:2013 construction prequalification assessment, used by the government. Altius was part of the steering group set up by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) to develop the revised specification, which is a revision of PAS 91:2010.
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