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CDM REGULATIONS 2015: HSE CHIEF – “DON’T PANIC”

Professional bodies should provide CDM 2015 advice for members

In an interview reported in Construction Manager Peter Baker, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, says that the CDM Regulations 2015 are “bedding in well” and designers are “on a journey” to fulfilling their new responsibilities.

Mr Baker, who took up his post in April 2015, told CM that competence in the Principal Designer role was higher among larger design firms and that HSE was “working with the industry to foster take-up of the PD role among smaller firms”.

He told Construction Manager:

“If principal designers and designers create the risk, the regulations reflect the principle that those who create the risk should manage it. Some designers have woken to the fact that they have a responsibility to design safely and to manage the risks, because a high number of serious incidents on sites are down to inadequate design in the first place.

But we’re sensible enough to realise not everything will be fine from day one. With new regulations, you need to prepare the ground and you can never get it exactly right. Some large [design] businesses have been living with this for some time, while smaller businesses may need to get used to it – that’s why we’re working with the RIBA, CIAT, the IstructE, ICE and CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee ) to really promulgate the objectives of CDM 2015. We’re also looking for good case study material of where it’s been done well.

The message for designers is you’ve got to be proportionate – we wouldn’t expect a designer involved in a straightforward project to have the same capacity as the designers of HS2. The message is ‘don’t panic’ – if you are a member of a professional body, then go to them for advice. If you’re already designing safely, CDM 2015 does not ask for much more, except good collaboration and good project management.”

Baker added that production of a CDM 2015 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) was NOT planned by HSE because Guidance L153 and the CITB led Industry Guidance was believed to be sufficient and more responsive to changing circumstances than an ACOP.

CDM 2015 Information and Templates

See CDM 2015 Survey Results for the findings of our CDM 2015 Five Minute Online Survey.

We have published a great deal of further information and templates designed to support Clients, Designers, Principal Designers/Contractors and Contractors in meeting their duties under CDM Regulations 2015.

 

 

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