The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare on construction projects. These regulations are regularly updated, with the latest change taking effect in April 2015. Every business in the construction sector is required to take these statutory health and safety obligations seriously.
The CDM Regulations applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. The CDM Regulations place responsibility for managing health and safety of a construction project on three main duty holders, these being the Client, Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor.
The overall aim of the Regulations is to make health and safety an essential and integral part of the planning and management of projects, so as to reduce the health and safety risks of those who work on building projects, those who will use new structures as a work place, or others who may work on the new structure once it’s complete.