• International Workplace
  • 12 August 2014

Simon Toseland responds to the latest CDM news

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the outcome of the public consultation on proposals to revise the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, which will now be considered by the HSE Board on Wednesday (13 August).

Workplace Law's Head of Health and Safety, Simon Toseland, offers his views on the latest news:

"The HSE’s decision to revise the CDM Regulations was brought about by a desire to better engage SME’s where fatal accidents and ill health occurrences are most prominent. In addition, they also wanted to bring the Regulations more in line with the European Directive where, in some areas, they were not being fully adopted.

"It was great to see the high number of responses to the consultation, which clearly indicates that it this is something that people in the construction sector are passionate about."

Simon continued:

"It is likely that we will see the new Regulations come into force in April 2015, however, where a CDM coordinator is already in appointment on a project, the HSE is now proposing a six month grace period before removal. Furthermore, a new, simplified ACOP will be introduced next year, once the industry has had a chance to familiarise itself with the new guidance documents.

"I personally am still not convinced that the new Principal Designer role will be the power solution to CDM coordination issues. As a practicing CDM-C, since the conception of the role, I believe that there is still much work to be done to position effective design risk management high on the agenda. Let’s not forget that Designers could already act as the CDM-C but rarely take on the role!”

Simon concluded:

“The HSE estimates that approximately 240,000 Contractors and 150,000 designers will be affected, so we wait with bated breath for further news.”

Workplace Law’s next CDM Regulations Workshop takes places on Thursday 23 October and will look into the changes in more detail and explain what will be expected of you. Click here to find out more about the one-day event.