IF you’re involved in construction there’s every chance you’ll be aware of CDM regulations – or The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to give them their full title.
This important health and safety legislation is there to protect workers involved in construction projects and has played a key role in driving down the number of serious injuries since they were first introduced way back in 1994.
In this article, we’ll explain more about the CDM regulations, when they apply and what to do if you need support with your next project.
CDM regulations – what are they?
The first version of the CDM regulations was introduced by the UK Government in 1994 as part of an EU directive. They were revised in 2007 and most recently in 2015.
Put simply, the CDM regulations underpin all on-site health and safety helping contractors to identify and manage any risks associated with construction.
The key elements are:
- Manage the risks by applying the general principles of prevention;
- Appoint the right people and organisations at the right time;
- Make sure everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out their jobs in a way that secures health and safety;
- Ensure that duty holders are cooperating and communicating with each other and coordinating their work;
- Consult with all workers and engage with them to promote and develop effective measures to secure health, safety and welfare.
The regulations are now well established as a beacon of good practice in workplace health and safety and form an essential part of planning construction work of any kind.
When do CDM regulations apply?
CDM regulations apply to every construction project, whether it’s the development of a new housing estate, work on a factory or even an extension on your own home.
They cover the whole process, from a project’s planning and conception right through to its completion. They ensure that any risks are mitigated or avoided altogether and that there are clear lines of communication between all the relevant parties.
Particular attention is paid to ensuring that everyone working on-site has, or is working towards, the relevant qualifications to ensure they have the right skills, knowledge, experience and training (SKET) to execute their role to the very highest standards. They are also rules in place to ensure that the right people are brought onto site at the right time to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.
Any breaches of CDM regulations could prove costly, not only in financial terms but also when it comes to the health, safety and wellbeing of those working on-site.
Acorn Safety Services – trusted experts in CDM
At Acorn Safety Services we have decades of experience in CDM, working alongside some of the biggest names in construction to ensure their projects are handled safely.
Over the years we’ve worked on a wide range of projects covering many different industries including education, residential, aviation, rail, commercial, retail, healthcare and leisure.
From the very start of your project, our highly-trained consultants will work with the CDM Duty Holders be they, Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor or Contractor at every stage giving you the confidence and reassurance you need that it will be handled carefully and will be fully-compliant with the latest regulations.
Our consultants are either members of the Association for Project Safety (APS), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) or the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to ensure we deliver the right advice and that we adhere to the very highest safety standards.
With us, your next project is safe hands. Contact us today to find more about the services we offer and the ways in which we can help.