HSE Board learn of latest proposals on revised CDM package
On 25th September 2013 a paper was presented to the HSE Board on HSE Regulation of the construction industry.
The document provides an interesting account of HSE work in the construction sector and includes a report on work to revise the Construction (Design and Management ) Regulations 2007 (CDM).
A revised CDM regulatory package was presented to the Board in May 2013 and the Board agreed to consider approval of a proposed 12-week consultation period commencing late summer 2013, with a view to new regulations coming into force in Oct ober 2014.
This timetable appears to have slipped. However the report provides an insight into what can be expected in the consultation package stating:
“Key elements of the draft proposals include: a structural simplification of the Reguations to make them easier to understand and navigate (particularly for SMEs); and removal of the Approved Code of Practice, the CDM co-ordinator role and explicit competence requirements.
A further key element is a proposal to remove the domestic client exemption, but create a default position whereby duties, which would fall on a domestic client, would instead fall to the designer or contractor.
CD has engaged extensively with stake holders in the period leading up to the planned consultation, and a clear picture is emerging of industry understanding and support.
The package is now going through the several stages of Government clearance required prior to opening the public consultation.”
It will be interesting to see how HSE propose to effect “removal of the …. the CDM co-ordinator role”. The European Directive requires the project client to appoint a “co-ordinator for safety and health matters at the project preparations phase”.
The client may appoint (as now) the lead designer or any other suitable organisation. However, under the Directive an appointment will be required (and fee expected!) whoever accepts the appointment.