Construction (Design & Mangement) Regulations 2015

The Health and Safety Executive have published their draft L-Series Guidance to the proposed new CDM Regulations on 9th January 2015.

It is anticipated, subject to Government approval, that these new regulations will come into force on 6th April 2015.

HSE’s L-Series Guidance document, published on 9th January 2015.

The principal changes are as follows:

Strengthening of Client duties;

Introduction of Domestic Clients;

Replacement of CDM Coordinator by a Principal Designer for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety;

Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects where there will be more than one contractor working on the project;

Replacement of explicit requirement for dutyholder competence with need for appropriate Information, Instruction, Training & Supervision;

Change to the HSE’s Notification level – now only required for projects lasting more than 30 days and involving more than 20 workers simultaneously.

In the meantime, CITB have published the draft Industry guidance documents which you can find below.

The guidance documents have been produced for the five CDM dutyholders and one for construction workers.

These documents set out, in practical terms, what actions are required of them to deliver a safe and healthy construction project and have been written with small businesses in mind.

It should be noted that the new proposed Regulations and supporting guidance documents are all in draft form before they come into force and may be subject to minor changes. They do however offer duty holders the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the HSE’s main requirements before they come into force in April.

Download the draft HSE/CITB Industry Guidance documents