Did you know that the new CDM Regulations will come into force in April 2015?
The HSE have reviewed the feedback from the industry and stuck to their proposals to revise CDM in accordance with their plans circulated earlier in 2014. Their one major change is to provide a new reduced size ACOP.
The key decisions are:
• CDM 2015 will come into force in April 2015.
• All construction projects will require a written health and safety plan (not just those notifiable).
• The co-ordination function will now be carried out by the Principal Designer (as opposed to CDM-C).
• The industry concerns raised about training needs for this new function have resulted in the HSE giving a 2 year lead-in period for this duty in their impact assessment; in essence they are endorsing delegation of this function at pre- construction phase to a third party.
• Competence requirements are going to change, but the HSE are still deciding upon a final approach.
• Less projects will be notifiable; the new proposals will only relate to those of ‘more than 30 working days AND more than 20 workers simultaneously’ on site. However, domestic projects will now have to comply if they reach this threshold.
• Domestic client duties are being revised, to improve clarity (HSE – TBC).
• The HSE plans a series of communications about the changes.
If you would like to learn more about the changes or need some extra guidance, RTP Surveyors’ CDM expert, Sue Wilton, can help. She is offering training workshops to help your company understand the changes and how they may affect your business.
To register your interest contact Sue on 01208 892020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org