The final draft of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 have now been published, with the Regulations due to come into force in April 2015. Here we highlight the main changes.

Health & Safety Plans

All construction projects will be required to have a health and safety plan, to be drawn up by the contractor or principle contractor. These should be proportionate to the risks involved.

Domestic Client’s Duties  

The same duties which currently exist for commercial clients will apply to domestic projects, but these will automatically taken on by the contractor, or were there is more than one contractor by the principle contractor. Technically, this change may lead to contractors on domestic projects having legal duties, which they did not have previously.

CDM Co-ordinator & Co-ordination Duties

The CDM-Coordinator role will be scrapped and instead health and safety coordination will be undertaken by those deemed to be the ‘principle designer’ during the planning and design stage, and by the principle contractor during the construction stage. This will apply to all projects with subcontractors and self employed trades people being defined as contractors.

Notification Threshold

The threshold which projects are notifiable to the HSE will rise and apply only where the project is scheduled to last longer than 30 days AND have more than 20 workers working simultaneously, or is scheduled to exceed 500 person days.

Competency

The current framework for competency as outlined in the current ACoP will be replaced by a more general requirement that anyone appointing anyone to carry out construction work must ensure that they have received appropriate ‘information, instruction, training and supervision’ to do the work safely.

Email info@cardinus.com for further advice on how these changes may affect your business.

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