General guidance

L153%20smlCDM 2015

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Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 commenced on the 6th April 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 duty-holder 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 or more than 500 person days.


Useful Guidance

Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme The Fee for Intervention hourly rate is £124. Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. Contact Chris Cahill to ensure your business has access to competent advice and so as not to put your business at risk of breaching HSE legislation

What is Work at Height? Work at height is work in any place, including a place at, above or below ground level, where a person could be injured if they fell from that place. Access and egress to a place of work can also be work at height.

Confined Spaces Can Be Deadly – On average, work in confined spaces kills people every year in the UK across a wide range of industries, from those involving complex plant through to simple storage vessels. In addition, a number of people are seriously injured. Those killed include not only people working in confined spaces but those who try to rescue them without proper training and equipment.

What is a Confined Space? It can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (for instance, a lack of oxygen). Some confined spaces are fairly easy to identify, e.g. enclosures with limited openings: Others may be less obvious, but can be equally dangerous such as an opened top enclosure.

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