Subject to Parliamentary approval, the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2015 (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l153.htm).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued the draft text of L153, Guidance on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/draft-l153.pdf).
This is being made available before the Regulations come into force on 6 April to help anyone who has duties under the Regulations to prepare in advance.
What will change?
Principal designer. The replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role (under CDM 2007) by principal designer. This means that the responsibility for coordination of the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful construction project – will rest with an existing member of the design team.
Client. The new Regulations recognise the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and they are best placed to set standards throughout a project.
Competence. This will be split into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience, and – if it relates to an organisation – organisational capability. This will provide clarity and help the industry to both assess and demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project.
Guidance has been produced for the duty holders under CDM that set out, in practical terms, what actions are required of them to deliver a safe and healthy construction project. These documents have been written by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) and a draft of each of the documents is available for free download – click on the document to download
When the Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015, there are transitional arrangements in place that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.