The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations are one of the least-well understood and complied with pieces of health and safety legislation in Great Britain. This book will help you cut through the complexity of the regs so that you can comply now. At the same time, it will point the way to the likely changes so that any changes you make now will set you on the right course for the future. More
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are one of the least-well understood and complied with pieces of health and safety legislation in Great Britain. That is not to say that everyone gets it wrong, just that so many companies, large and small, ignore the regulations, misunderstand them (sometimes deliberately) or believe that they just don’t apply to them. One possible reason for this is the apparent complexity of the regulations and the broad nature of the requirements they contain.
The construction industry expects the CDM Regulations to change in 2014 and this book will be updated to reflect those changes when they become clear. However, we still have to comply with the regulations as they are. This book aims to help you cut through the complexity of the regulations so that you can comply now. At the same time, it will point the way to the likely changes so that any changes you make now will set you on the right course for compliance in 2014 and beyond.
My task in writing this book has been to collate information from a number of sources, including the regulations, the approved code of practice (ACoP), guidance and published articles, as well as practical experience, and to condense them into one, easy to use resource.
The book starts by challenging a few common misunderstandings and then explores definitions of terms such as client, designer, construction work and notifiable project. Then the structure and application of the regulations are explored in the context of three possible types of construction projects. Each of the five duty-holders (client, designer, CDM coordinator, contractor and principal contractor) has a dedicated chapter explaining their duties with examples of how those duties would apply when faced with a range of scenarios for notifiable and non-notifiable projects. The final chapter explores the likely changes being considered by the HSE for the new regulations planned for October 2014.
The author has drawn on extensive experience of working with companies throughout Great Britain such as Costain, Carillion, Cross Rail, Tube Lines, Bechtel, United Utilities, Northumbrian Water, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Enterprise, MWH, Thales, Morgan Est and many small companies. This experience incldues delivery of training on general construction safety, CDM, CDM coordiantor duties, designer duties and company CDM procedures. It also incldues the preparation and implementation of CDM compliance procedures and competence assessment schemes as well undertaking the role of CDM coordinator and principal contractor on a range of project types.
The author has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Intitution of Civil Engineers, a Registered Member of the Association for Project Safety and an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning. As a qualified teacher (ATLS) he recognises that some individuals learn through self-study and the application of what they read in practice. This book will help such individuals.
This book is written to make potentially complex issues more accesible and easier to digest. It uses simple terms and practical examples to help you to come to the conclusions yourself based on the explanations and alternatives provided. This book is not meant to replace the Approved Code of Practice but it does extract some of the less well known clarifications from the ACoP and present them in a more concise manner as well as explaining the effect that the clarifications may have. You may wish to read the book right through or just dip into the sections most relevant to you. Whichever approach you adopt, this book will challenge your understanding of the CDM Regulations and help you to be more flexible in the way you comply, knowing that you have explored the regulations in depth.