Kitchen and Bathroom News: CDM2015 One Year On

Louise Hosking, Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner, discusses CDM2015 one year on in Kitchen and Bathroom News

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The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) meant significant change for anyone using contractors from 6th April 2015; not only due to a change in duty holders and their responsibilities, but because smaller scale works and domestic projects were required – for the first time – to follow the CDM process. Anyone commissioning works, using contractors, designing, pricing, scoping or delivering projects has had to review their arrangements and act.

Louise  initially became involved in building projects during the mid-90s when CDM was brand new. Louise has always believed CDM principals are sound, and have always made good use of all the associated guidance to support clients, designers and contractors alike in order to implement systems of work which comply with Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. This states an employer has a duty to protect those not in his direct employment from the risks created by his undertaking.

Personally, this meant a significant amount of work for our customers – who represent all five duty holders – to assess how they were going to adjust their arrangements. Overall, I have been very impressed with how they have adapted to the change and I think they are all managing building work just that little bit smarter.

We are now one year on, but CDM2015 has not been without its challenges…

To read the full article written by Louise Hosking, Director of Hosking Associates, click here CDM 2015 One Year on Kitchen and Bathroom July 2016