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    HSE declare upcoming CDM deliberations ‘closed’ to the public

    The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) advises HSE on the protection of people at work (and others) from hazards to health and safety within the building, civil engineering and engineering construction industry. Membership of CONIAC is tripartite comprising representation from key industry stakeholders.

    The committee was reconstituted at the beginning of 2013 with a refreshed membership reflecting the HSE desire to “work in partnership with intermediary groups in the construction industry”.

    The aim is to take forward new ways of working with the constituencies represented on CONIAC.

    Legal and policy issues to be discussed in “confidence”

    Meetings of CONIAC are usually open to the public.

    However, the meeting on 20 November 2013 will largely be devoted to in confidence discussion of “legal and policy issues” in connection with the proposed revision of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

    HSE has declared that as a departure from usual practice the meeting will not be open to the public.

    The legal and policy issues on the agenda are likely to include:

    • Copy out – compliance with Government ‘copy out’ requirement for EU laws;
    • Domestic client – imposition of statutory duties on domestic client;
    • Simplification – structural simplification of CDM to improve SME understanding; 
    • ACOP – removal of the Approved Code of Practice;
    • CDM-C – removal of CDM co-ordinator role and allocation of project ‘Preparation Coordinator’ role; 
    • Designer duties – maintaining designer duties whilst remaing in compliance with the EU Directive; and
    • Competence – removal of explicit competence requirements.

    The draft CDM Statutory Instrument, supporting impact assessment and draft consultative document must be approved by the HSE Board and Ministers.

    HSE must also seek an opinion on the validity of the impact assessment from the independent Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC).

    Current CONIAC members and observers
    Name Organisation
    Alan Muddiman Civil Engineering Contractors Association
    Steve Murphy UCATT
    Andrew Butt Observer for Office of Government Commerce
    David Parsons National Federation of Builders
    Gilbert Barron Observer for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    Edward Fendt Specialist Engineering Contractors Group
    Richard Habgood Construction Industry Council
    Jason Rowley UK Contractors Group
    John Scott National Specialist Contractors Council
    Kevin Fear ConstructionSkills
    Kevin Minton Construction Plant-hire Association
    Clive Johnson Construction Clients’ Group
    Vacant Unite (Amicus section)
    Paul Haxell Home Builders Federation
    Peter Caplehorn Construction Industry Council
    Jerry Nelson GMB
    Rob Gutteridge Federation of Master Builders
    Philip White (Chair) Health and Safety Executive
    Richard Ash Engineering Construction Industry Association
    Susan Murray Unite (T&G section)


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