What is the purpose of this legislation?
The CDM regulations set out what people involved in construction work need to do to protect themselves from harm as well as anyone the work affects. The main aim of the regulations is to improve health and safety in the construction sector by requiring those involved to:
- sensibly plan the work;
- have the right people for the right job at the right time;
- co-operate and co-ordinate their work;
- have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed;
- communicate this information effectively to those who need to know; and
- consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed.
The regulations direct the way health, safety and welfare should be managed during 'construction work'. The definition given by the regulations for 'construction work' is very broad, so it covers anything from home maintenance work to the building of new commercial premises or a civil engineering project, as well as , alterations, conversions and renovations, repairs, upkeep and redecoration, and the de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure.
Various aspects of construction work are covered, including working conditions (i.e. lighting, temperature, air quality and so on), security, structural stability, materials, equipment, traffic, emergencies and fire and explosion hazards.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force in Great Britain on 6 April 2015, replacing the previous regulations, CDM 2007.
Who is responsible for compliance and what needs to be done?
Each and every individual involved in a project, including the client, has duties set out by CDM to ensure health and safety.
Below we have outlined briefly some of the main responsibilities of relevant ‘duty holders’ involved in construction projects. Consult the regulations for more details, or read the guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as well as that of relevant and reputable industry bodies, including the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).