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    CDM REGULATIONS 2015: APS ADOPTS POSITIVE TONE

    Changes now seen as positive opportunity for APS members

    The Association for Project Safety (APS) is now taking a positive approach to the forthcoming CDM Regulations 2015.

    When the proposals to revise CDM 2007 were first published in April 2014 the APS President voiced concerns that the changes would be negative for APS members and construction health and safety.

    APS has now produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions which are reproduced below. The answers indicate that the changes should be seen as an opportunity adding:

    “The industry will continue to require people who have the skills and ability to offer this service and APS intends to continue to be a source of these capable people.”

    The FAQs point out that some ‘designers’ may not be willing or capable of taking on the Principal Designer (PD) duties for all but the very smallest of projects. Designers appointed as PD may therefore wish to engage a sub-consultant to assist in complying with their new responsibilities.

     

    Concise Summary of CDM Regulations 2015 Proposals

     

     

     

    APS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CDM REGULATIONS 2015

     

    • With the change of Regulation due to commence in April 2015 and the loss of the CDM-C, where would that leave individual members and APS?

    Individual Members are on a Register because they have demonstrated a thorough understanding of CDM and possess sufficient skills, knowledge and experience as either a Designer, CDM Coordinator or a Construction Safety Practitioner. That capability will not be lost by the individual because the Regulations are changing and APS will continue to provide best practice guidance for the members and to assist them to perform their jobs well. APS will continue to offer a register of capability for those working in construction health and safety risk management. The industry will continue to require people who have the skills and ability to offer this service and APS intends to continue to be a source of these capable people. When the regulations change, how will you demonstrate your capability in this specialist field if you are not a member of APS?

    • I appreciate that the duties remain and are split between the Client , Principal Designer and Principal Contractor but will APS still function as a recognised body ?

    The HSE are relying on APS and its members to provide a capable construction health and safety risk management service to the construction industry. We have been in detailed discussions with the HSE and they realise, through the responses they have received from all sectors of the industry, that a large proportion of designers will not want to take on the functions of the Principal Designer and that many of those would not be capable of doing so for all but the very smallest of projects. The reality is that those designers appointed as PDs may well want to appoint a sub-consultant to actually undertake the health and safety coordination on their behalf. Equally, there will be contractors in a similar situation who need considerable advice and guidance if they are to take on the new coordination duties. The HSE are keen to see APS continue to be the source of best practice guidance for construction health and safety and, we believe, recognise the important role an independent construction health and safety adviser can play in the future of our construction industry.

    • With the removal of the ACoP and Appendix 4 Competence criteria, where APS were named, how will that affect the status of the members?

    Removal of the ACoP Appendix 4 should make no difference to the status of our members. APS was not the only organisation named in App 4 however our members have become the ‘go to’ people for construction health and safety because of their capabilities, not because of legislation. It is important that APS Members sell themselves for their abilities and experience not because the App 4 criteria say that using someone on an APS Register. As an analogy, architects do not sell their services by saying “you need to use me because I am on a register of architects”, they get work by demonstrating that they know what they are doing and that they can provide a tangible benefit to a client over using an architectural technologist or a surveyor to design their building.

    • It looks like SSIP will be referred to in company competencies within the new regulations. How will that affect the status of our APS Corporate Membership?

    The likely increase in profile of the SSIP Scheme can only be of benefit to our Registered Practices who through their membership gain automatic SSIP Accreditation as one of the benefits. We will need to look closely at the Individual and Corporate APS Membership benefits over the coming few months to make sure that the products and services we offer to our different membership categories are not only suitable for the changing regulations but also provide sufficient benefits to help our members gain a competitive advantage over other individuals and organisations.

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