Frequently Asked Questions|
Is CDM 2007 in force?
CDM 2007 is Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. These regulations came into force over night on 6th April 2007. Transition arrangements only apply to the Client\'s Agent role for existing projects (5 years) and to competence checks for duty holders (1 year)
There was an Early Day Motion debate sponsored by David Cameron on May 10th. Concerns were focussed on the very onerous Client duties, especially for small clients. A cross party commitee has considered the Regulations and the main objections to them. In the event the Regulations were unanimously accepted but the EDM will have served a useful purpose by bringing construction health and safety to a much wider audience than before.
What is new under CDM 2007?
CDM 2007 adds to client duties, requires designers to include safety in use considerations and introduces the CDM Coordinator instead of the Planning Supervisor. The focus is on team working with core requirements for competence, co-operation and co-ordination placed on all members of the team.
This means you will need to review training requirements and your safety management systems if you procure building or construction work or are involved in any way in delivery of projects.
I am a Sole Trader. Do I need to worry about health and safety?
Health and safety law applies to all work activity. Risk assessments must be carried out for all activities. Written systems and written risk assessments are only required by law for organisations with 5 or more employees.
Be careful. The definition of an employee is very wide for health and safety, employment and tax purposes. Use of subcontractors or part time staff may not excuse you. Our advice is to err on the side of caution and have some simple written documentation.
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