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The Health and Safety Executive (the HSE) has opened a consultation on the replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (the CDM Regulations).
Despite significant improvement over recent years, the construction industry remains one of the highest risk industry sectors in which to work.
This consultation sets out the HSE's proposals to replace the CDM Regulations to improve worker protection, simplify the regulatory package, improve health and safety on small construction sites, implement the EU 'Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive' (the TMCSD), discourage bureaucracy and meet better regulation principles.
If approved, it is proposed that the revised CDM Regulations would come into force in April 2015.
Duncan Salmon, Partner in our Construction, Engineering & Projects team, commented:
"The importance of health and safety on construction sites cannot be overstated. However, simply having a set of regulations does not guarantee that proper health and safety procedures will be followed on site. The regulations need to be practical, enforceable and fit for purpose rather than simply creating an additional layer of bureaucracy.
"This consultation gives the construction industry the opportunity to influence the outcome and shape the inevitable changes to the regulations - anyone who would be affected by a change to the CDM Regulations should take the time to consider and respond to the questions asked."
This article was written by James Worthington.
For more information please contact James on +44 (0)20 7427 1070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.