• When Is A Hazard A Significant Hazard_
    3rd October 2019

    Over recent years, Health & Safety experts have noted that when carrying out risk assessments, some organisations list every risk that comes to mind. However, this tendency to over-catalogue hazards is unnecessary. Instead, it is more productive to assess risk levels realistically, concentrate on significant hazards and focus effort where it is worthwhile. Below, we…

  • 20th September 2019

    Any change to Health & Safety legislation can have significant consequences for companies and sole traders. The Construction and Design Management Regulations 2015, in particular, have made considerable changes to the way Health & Safety is managed in the construction industry.

  • When is a Project Notifiable under the CDM Regulations 2015
    2nd September 2019

    Before a construction project starts on site, the Client has a specific duty under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, to notify the enforcing authority for health and safety, should the project meet any of the following criteria: i) The construction phase is likely to last longer than 500-person days, or ii) Last longer…

  • What is a CDM Consultant and do I need one
    26th August 2019

    In short, a CDM Consultant (also known as a CDM Advisor) is a construction health and safety professional who provides advice, assistance and guidance to duty holders under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, to ensure they comply with their statutory duties and that health and safety is an integral part of the project.

  • CDM Compliance - How To Create A Design Risk Assessment
    22nd August 2019

    As a designer, under the CDM Regulations you must critically assess your design proposals at the start and throughout the design process. A good designers risk assessment should identify the hazards and evaluate the risks that may arise from the design. Dependent upon the hazard and level of risk, designers are encouraged firstly to eliminate…

  • How often should a Site Safety Inspection be carried out
    16th August 2019

    The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 require that suitable arrangements are in place to ensure that sites are regularly checked, particularly as the nature of construction sites regularly change.

  • 24th June 2019

    If you are a Contractor looking to manage and carry out building work, you will most definitely need to consider the development of a Construction Phase Plan. Regardless of the size, nature, the duration, the number of workers, the number of contractors involved and the risks associated with your project, if you are planning to…

  • 30th November 2017

    The CDM Regulations 2015 came into force on 6th April 2015 and replaced the CDM Regulations 2007; these being the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare on construction projects. The CDM Regulations apply to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance….

  • CDM Regulations; Construction Site
    11th October 2017

      Well, we would all probably agree that the demolition of a block of flats, the construction of a school, the refurbishment of a hotel or an extension to a doctor’s surgery is construction work; that seems pretty obvious. So how about replacing your bathroom suite, painting and decorating a Care Home lounge, removing asbestos…

  • 5th April 2017

    This article looks at some of the key health and safety considerations when carrying out refurbishment works within Care Homes, however, it is not intended to be inclusive of all potential issues, which may be encountered. When considering whether to have refurbishment works undertaken within your Care Home, it isn’t as straight forward as arranging…