ICE is calling on industry to ensure that it is equipped to implement the updated Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations, as they move into a
new phase, with full implementation required on allconstruction projects from 6 October.
While the transition arrangements are coming to an end – requiring full compliance for all projects – there are still parts of the industry that are not full prepared.
ICE has produced a comprehensive programme of training and guidance materials on a range of aspects regarding CDM 2015, to help construction and design professionals to deliver projects effectively and compliantly.
Industry experts around the country are delivering the CDM 2015 training programmes, developed by ICE Training and peer-reviewed by the ICE Health & Safety Expert Panel. Over 650 construction professionals have completed the training courses on the new regulations since they came into force in April this year.
The updated 2015 regulations, governing the design and construction processes of building and infrastructure projects, are broader in scope than previous iterations. They spread, re-assign and expand responsibilities across the roles involved in a project, including clients, designers, principal contractors, contractors and workers, and introduce the Principal Designer at the heart of pre-construction activity. This is changing the dynamic of risk management on projects.
Design and planning decisions made during the pre-construction phase affect the health and safety of onsite workers, maintenance works and in operation
and use. The new regulations have removed the CDM co-ordinator, and require the ‘principal designer’ to manage health and safety risks created before construction, to appropriately minimise their impact throughout the life of a project.
Those attending an ICE CDM 2015 training programme will be well equipped to apply for membership of the ICE Health and Safety Register – a publicised recognition of attainment of a defined standard in the application of the principles of health and safety in construction. They will also make a valid contribution to their continuing professional development.
On the day when full implementation comes into effect (6 October), ICE is also running a dedicated CDM webinar, which will draw on feedback collated from the ICE Training courses from the last six months. Russell Adfield, Head of HSE’s CDM Unit, and construction expert Tony Putsman will be taking questions from a live audience.
ICE Health & Safety Panel Chair Margaret Sackey said: “Building on the success of the last webinar held on 21 April 2015, where over 800 people tuned in, the ICE Health & Safety Expert Panel is pleased once again to host a free CDM Webinar, ‘6 Months On’. Joined by members of the Panel, the webinar will be looking back at the last six months and sharing experiences from fellow construction health and safety practitioners.”
The CDM 2015 Regulations were first published on 6 April 2015, however the Health and Safety Executive’s provided a six-month grace period to allow construction professionals time to adapt to the new rules and finish existing construction projects.