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    CDM REGULATIONS 2015: CONSULTATION RESULTS

    hselogo1New regulations set to proceed as drafted with ‘mini’ ACOP

    The outcome of the public consultation on proposals to revise the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) has been published by HSE and will be considered by the HSE Board on 13 August 2014.

    The document outlines proposed amendments to the proposed CDM 2015 Regulations in the light of the consultation and suggests next steps for HSE Board consideration and agreement.

    Key results of consultation

    The consultation received 1427 responses which is among the highest of any consultation undertaken by HSE. The main findings and HSE conclusions are:

    • Overall conclusion – broad support for the aims of the proposed revision by industry stakeholders but concerns in some cases about how effectively the Regulations and associated guidance will deliver real change, particularly with SMEs;
    • Principal Designer / CDM-C – the proposed replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with that of the principal designer remains appropriate;
    • Approved Code of Practice – a case has been made to develop a new, shorter signposting ACOP, complemented by the HSE and joint HSE-industry guidance; and
    • Competence – HSE proposes to revisit the drafting of this provision to improve clarity, but believes that the replacement of the existing competence requirements remains appropriate.
    Next Steps

    The paper proposes the following next steps:

    “The construction industry is one of the largest sectors in the UK economy and is exceptionally diverse in its makeup.

    What has emerged from the consultation is a strong degree of agreement on the broad proposals tempered by a diverse range of often opposing views on the detail of the proposals.

    HSE considers that there is a strong case to proceed with the revision to CDM broadly as proposed in the CD. HSE proposes, however, subject to Board agreement, to develop an ACOP in a reduced form”

     

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