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ConstructionSkills takes a key role in Construction Design and Management Regulations

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ConstructionSkills takes a key role on Construction Design and Management Regulations

ConstructionSkills is chairing the industry led steering group CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee) established by the Health & Safety Commission to create guidance documents for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) – which are due to come into force in April 2007.

The purpose of the guidance is to provide clear helpful advice on the application of CDM, what employers and individuals need to do to comply with the Regulations, and the benefits from getting it right.

The steering group has been appointed by CONIAC and its members are from a wide cross section of the industry. Each member of the steering group is responsible for consulting with and pulling together the initial draft of the guidance for key duty-holders, which come from their sector of industry. This will then be consolidated and finalised by the steering group, for sign off by CONIAC.

Kevin Fear, Head of Health Safety and Environment at CITB-ConstructionSkills and Chair of the steering group, said: “The aim of the group is to co-ordinate industry guidance to ensure that clear and helpful advice is given on the application of CDM, what duty-holders have to do, how they work within the project team and the benefits from getting it right.”

The steering group welcomes the input of all sections of the industry and particularly encourages any other bodies involved in developing guidance to submit proposals to the CONIAC steering group. Anyone wishing to input to the consultation should contact the Chair, (01485 577451) or the secretary in the first instance.

The aim is to make the guidance available to industry from January 2007 and it will link in with the Approved Code of Practice, also to be published at this time, and the Regulations which will come into force on 6 April 2007.

The following are represented on the working group:

APS – The Association for Project Safety (Greg Brown)
Construction Clients Group (Mark Poole)
Construction Confederation (TBC)
ConstructionSkills (Kevin Fear)
DTI (Chris Young)
Federation of Master Builders (Peter O’Connell)
HSE – The Health and Safety Executive (TBC)
HBF - Home Builders Federation (Chris Tisi)
ICE – The Institution for Civil Engineers (Jon Pritchard)
IOSH (John Lacey)
IStructE (Phil Williams)
National Association for Shopfitters (Robert Hudson)
The National Specialist Contractors Council (John Scott)
RIBA (Peter Cablehorn)
The Strategic Forum for Construction (Tony Wheel)
UCATT (Carole Bonner)
Consultants Group (Richard Wilson)

To find out more information on CONIAC visit the CITB-ConstructionSkills website.

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