CDM is short for the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 and were first introduced back in 1994, having been revised twice since then. Most recently the revision of the regulations took place in 2015.
The CDM Regulations are in place to ensure that health and safety is planned, managed and monitored throughout all construction projects, no matter how big or small, and places certain duties on a number of duty holders.
Those duty holders are:
- Principal Designers
- Principal Contractors
Each of these duty holders has a part to play in ensuring construction sites are a safe place to be.
Remember the CDM regulations apply to all construction projects, both commercial and residential no matter how big or small. So from a small extension at home to the tallest skyscraper, everyone has a part to play in complying with the regulations.
What could happen if you don’t comply with CDM?
Most importantly if you do not comply with the regulations and consider health and safety in construction you can put yourself, the people that work for you and members of the public at a risk of injury, ill health or even death.
The HSE could visit your site and if they have reason to believe that the health and safety standards and processes of the site are not up to scratch they could shut the site down and issue an enforcement notice. Your site would not be able to re-open until the HSE is satisfied that you have taken the appropriate action to comply with the legislation. An accident or incident doesn’t have to have occurred for the HSE to turn up at your site and ask to see how you are managing health and safety.
You could also face prosecution by the HSE for failing to comply with the regulations. Prosecutions under CDM are done so under criminal law with the most common result being a fine, however there have been instances when a prison sentence has been handed out. There is no limit to the fine that can be awarded, with one of the largest fines on record for a CDM prosecution being £800,000.
Whilst there have been big improvements over the years in reducing the rate of injuries within construction, the industry still has the second highest rate of reported workplace injuries in the UK.
There is still a lot to do to improve safety on construction sites and everyone who is involved in any kind of construction project has a part to play. Therefore ensuring that you are receiving the right advice and guidance is imperative.
Here at Hewitt&Carr Services we can help to guide you through the CDM Regulations and provide you with the relevant and timely information.
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