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CDM 07 Guidance officially launched for free industry use

The eagerly anticipated guidance to help all duty holders get to grips with the practical applications of the revisions made to the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2007 is now available for free…

The changes to the CDM Regulations have been in force since April, but the guidance has been under development by industry for the last 18 months to produce a highly readable and easily accessable standard.

To help industry respond to the specific changes to CDM 07, the HSEs industry advisory committee, CONIAC, set up a CDM Working Group which has coordinated the industry-produced guidance that supports industry in implementing the changes to the CDM Regulations 2007. The group’s members include representatives from across the whole of construction, from Clients to worker representatives, covering each of the duty holders outlined within the Regulations.

Speaking at the official launch of the CDM Guidance on 21 June, Kevin Fear, Chair of the CONIAC CDM Guidance Working Group and Head of Health, Safety and Environment at ConstructionSkills, said:

“I would urge companies to take advantage of the free guidance available to them through the ConstructionSkills website. We don’t want any one working in industry to be caught out by not understanding the requirements of the new regulations and the guidance is extremely useful. Using the knowledge and experience of the industry, CONIACs members have worked together to produce the Guidance in support of the revised CDM Regulations. This includes bespoke guides for clients, designers, contractors, CDM co-ordinators, principal contractors and workers. We urge anyone who wants to learn more about the practical implications of the revised Regulations to visit www.cskills.org/cdm.”

The CONIAC CDM Guidance Working Group was established in 2006 to ensure that the needs of industry would be met when the new Regulations came into force. The Guidance is made up of working documents which will be updated over time based on feedback from industry. It is also proposed to add more Guidance documents on specific issues in the future, such as how the responsibilities of duty holders changes slightly under different forms of contract .

The Guidance is available in PDF format for free download at www.cskills.org/cdm

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