• International Workplace
  • 31 January 2007

Workplace Law FM Conference – CDM 2007 Regulations

One of the most fiercely debated and questioned issues at Workplace Law’s 8th Annual Facilities Management Conference today (31 January) proved to be the upcoming Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations.

In April 2007 the CDM Regulations 1994 and Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 are to be merged into a single piece of overarching legislation - CDM 2007 - governing construction activity.

Graeme Walker, Associate Director at Turner & Townsend, conducted a detailed and informative session at today’s conference looking into what changes CDM 2007 will introduce and the implications of these changes.

The number of questions and comments made in the session highlighted just how important the issue of CDM is going to be for FMs this year.

As Walker explained, the key aim of CDM 2007 is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together to:

  • improve the planning and management of projects from the very start;
  • identify risks early on so that they can be eliminated or reduced at the design or planning stage and the remaining risks can be properly managed;
  • target effort where it can do the most good in terms of health and safety; and 
  •  discourage bureaucracy.

The idea of roles is important to CDM 2007 and Walker detailed how the new regulations clarify and change the roles of the client, the coordinator, the principle contractor and the designer.

The session also looked in detail at a number of other issues:

  • Why the CDM regulations have been revised.
  • The aims of the CDM 2007 – Including, among others, to: integrate health and safety into the management of construction projects; encourage everyone involved in the process to work together; and discourage bureaucracy.
  • A client’s responsibilities: at the commencement of the project; when it comes to appointing ‘competent’ people/organisations; in relation to organising time and resources; when it comes to management arrangements; to do with pre-construction information; to do with providing the correct information to the correct people; documentation; and completions and handover.
  • When a project is/isn’t notifiable.
  • The definition of competency under CDM 2007 (something that is spelt out in detail in the accompanying ACoP) and how to conduct competency assessments of individuals and organisations.
  • The role of the designer and the duties they now have to ensure their designs take into consideration workplace health and safety regulations and how the building will ultimately be used/managed.
  • The new role of CDM coordinator (which replaces the role of Planning Supervisor that is found in CDM 2004).
  • The idea of a health and safety file – when you need it and what it should contain.
  • The transitional arrangements that will apply once the Regulations come into force in April 2007.

In the run up to CDM 2007 Workplace Law is holding a series of one-day legal update conferences, run by Graeme Walker.

The aim of the day is to provide practical information to those who will be responsible for implementing the requirements of CDM 2007. The programme is designed to identify the key changes between CDM 2004 and CDM 2007 and the roles and responsibilities for duty holders.

These include:

  • the new duties introduced for the Client.
  • the new duty holder of CDM Coordinator;
  • the replacement of the Pre-tender Health and Safety Plan by Pre-construction Information; and
  • the requirements identified for competence.

The conference identifies how the requirements of the CDM Regulations relate to a project lifecycle, with a focus on how the good practice can be integrated into the CDM process. This conference will be held on a number of dates in London and in Manchester. For more information please call 0870 777 8881 or visit