The main changes, outlined in general by the Health & Safety Executive, are as follows:
The Regulatory package The new proposed Regulations and supporting guidance are all in draft form before they come into force and may be subject to changes. They offer duty holders the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the main requirements before they come into force and consist of:
Industry guidance has been produced for the five dutyholders under CDM and one for workers, that set out, in practical terms, what actions are required of them to deliver a safe and healthy construction project. These have been written by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) with small businesses in mind.
The draft six documents are available for download below:
How does this affect construction companies? Construction companies will have to comply with the revised CDM Regs from Monday 6 April 2015.
Employers will need to provide information, instruction, training and supervision, with workers having their training needs assessed against the needs of the job and employers to meet the gap in skills and knowledge through appropriate training.
Written construction phase plans will be required for all construction projects (including domestic client work) and a principal designer and principal contractor appointed when there is more than one contractor on a project.
The full responsibilities of each key duty-holder, as defined by the regulations, are explained in the Industry Guidance documents.
What does it mean for domestic clients – homeowners? For the first time, the new CDM Regs will apply to domestic client projects, although client duties will normally be transferred to the contractor or principal contractor, or if the client wishes to make a specific appointment, the designer.
All building and renovation work shown in property development programmes will be covered by the revised CDM Regs.
Main Transitional Arrangements
When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there will be a transitional period that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.
For projects starting before 6 April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and the client has yet appointed a CDM co-ordinator, the client appoint a principal designer as soon as it is practicable.