FEATURE: PROJECT SAFETY & CDM 20158th June 2015
Following research that highlighted that a disproportionately high number of construction industry accidents occur on smaller projects the Health & Safety Executive revised the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations on the 6th April 2015. These are commonly referenced to as “CDM2015”.
Previously the CDM regulations did not apply to Domestic projects, now they do and aim to include ALL involved in the project, this includes: The Client, Architect, Designers, Engineers, Main Contractors, Sub-contractors etc. to help ensure a safe working environment along with safe operation when completed. These regulations apply to even the smallest project.
We all have duties to undertake to ensure that we comply with the regulations. This includes clearly identifying possible hazards during the design process and eliminating where possible, where this is not possible a plan for a safe method of construction and operation is required.
In simple terms everyone is to be fully aware of the risks involved over the duration of a project and later during occupation.
Thomas Robinson Architects will assist our clients to comply with the regulations and help provide a safer construction industry.
Further information can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/index.htm
A handy and clear leaflet can be found here http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.htm