Views of CONIAC members put nail coffin of CDM 2015 ACOP
The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) sought CONIAC member views on whether a CDM 2015 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) should be prepared and published.
The recent Meeting on 18th November 2015 heard that the majority of views were NOT in favour of a CDM 2015 ACOP. The reasons included arguments that an ACOP:
- Was not necessary and would not add any value;
- Would not meet the needs of SMEs and those most at risk. The CITB Guidance/Wizard App and the HSE Busy Builder leaflets have been developed with the needs of this group in mind;
- Could create inflexibility and could block or undermine progress;
- Might restrict good or best practice in a sector;
- Could undermine a holistic approach to managing construction work where health and safety is part of whole business planning; and
- lack of an ACOP would not impact on HSE prosecution outcomes.
The report concludes that:
“On the balance of views expressed, there is no strong support for an ACOP…. there is not a sufficiently convincing case to make to either the Board or to Ministers that an ACOP should be developed. However, HSE would encourage the industry to continue to work on its own sub-sector guidance and will also consider the suggestions for further guidance made, as well as any others that may be made in the future.”
We understand that the matter will now be discussed by the HSE Board but it would now seem unlikely that a CDM 2015 ACOP will be produced.
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.