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Health and Safety

Article 318 [ added on 26-10-2009, updated on 12-08-2010 ]

Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

The CDM Regulations sets out a requirement for standards of health and safety in the construction industry. These standards apply throughout all the stages of design, construction and occupation. All building professionals and workers have responsibilities and duties the precise points of which are detailed and explained in the CDM Regulations.

Almost all construction work is subject to the CDM Regulations and is formally "notifiable". Most domestic projects are not notifiable but the onsite procedures must still meet the safety standards detailed in the CDM Regulations. The CDM document gives instructions on the notification procedure either in hard copy or email.

Five groups are specified in the Regulations as responsible for safety. Clients, CDM co-ordinators, designers, principle contractors, contractors and workers. Each of these groups play a part in training, education and enforcement of safety procedures.

Considerable emphasis is placed on co-ordination, co-operation and communication. The CDM co-ordinator must demonstrate a level of competence and must belong to a recognised safety body.

  • Clients - An individual or firm having work carried out as part of their business. The client may need to employ a CDM co-ordinator if the contract exceeds 30 days or involves 500 persons.
  • CDM co-ordinators - An individual appointed to advise the client on matters of safety. As above the co-ordinator must have a level of competence and belong to a recognised body.
  • Designer - Broadly architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.
  • Principal Contractors - Usually the main i.e. "principal" contractor.
  • Contractor - A ’contractor’ is a business who is involved in construction, alteration, maintenance or demolition work. This could involve building, civil engineering, mechanical, electrical, demolition and maintenance companies, partnerships and self-employed.
  • Workers - Any building operative working on the scheme. Examples - a plumber, electrician, scaffolder, painter, decorator, steel erecter including all supervisory staff.


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