The proposed Regulations will meet the requirements of Directive 92/57/EEC on the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites, apart from certain requirements which are implemented by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The proposals support the strategic objectives of improved co-ordination, better value for money, improved efficiency and use of technological changes in Construction 2025, the Government’s industrial strategy for construction.
The main proposed changes are to:
- make the Regulations easier to understand;
- Replace the CDM co-ordinator role with the principal designer;
- Replace the ACOP with targeted guidance;
- Replace the detailed and prescriptive requirements for individual and corporate competence with a more generic requirement; and
- Align notification requirements with the Directive and apply the Regulations to domestic clients but in a proportionate way.
The proposals will be of interest to clients of construction work (including householders as clients), designers, principal contractors, contractors, sub-contractors including the self-employed, CDM co-ordinators, safety representatives and anyone else with an interest in construction projects.