If you are a company about to embark on a construction project, new CDM Regulations apply. Clients found not to be complying with the regulations are leaving themselves open to prosecution.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 came into force on 6th April 2007 replacing the previous CDM Regulations 1994 and Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996.
The new regulations seek to improve the management of project related risks by promoting active involvement of all disciplines right from inception through to completion of a project.
The Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations 2007 apply to all construction work (including maintenance of a structure).
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 can be
Section 3 of the New CDM regulations only apply to projects where the construction phase of the project:
Lasts more that 30 days or
Involves more than 500 man days
Where Section 3 applies the Client must appoint a CDM Co-ordinator as early as possible after initial design work in order to:
1) Advise the client on competence of other consultants and contractors including all contractors directly employed by the client
2) Assist the client to provide all reasonable information to designers and contractors prior to the construction phase
3) Take reasonable steps to ensure co-operation between designers and that safety is considered in the design phase
4) Notify the HSE of the Project
5) Ensure that the contractor has developed the construction phase safety plan sufficiently before work is started
6) Ensure that the safety file is prepared, reviewed and amended as necessary and handed to the client at the end of the project .
Fleet Health & Safety can assist clients with discharge of their responsibilities under CDM Regulations 2007.Acting as CDM Co-ordinators, we are able to offer clients professional project safety planning.
One of our clients projects was recently featured in Channel 4's Relocation, Relocation, Relocation.
PPE For construction
PPE must be provided and worn by everyone on the construction site and you must operate a "zero tolerance" policy. If they refuse to wear it then do not let them on site. PPE should included hard hats...high vis wear....safety shoes...eye protection...ear protection...respiratory protection...hand protection...safety clothing & safety footwear. It is also a requirement to have a first aid box to cover the total number on site.
The HSE currently have an inspection initiative planned for the construction industry for February 2008 after finding serious health & safety failings during their last initiative in 2007 . They will be looking at the "system of control" ..risk control & measurements in place. They will also be looking at the organisation of sites to make sure that sites are properly organised, with waste streams managed, so that walkways are kept clear of unnecessary obstructions which could cause a trip injury.
We are graduate members of the Institute of Occupational Safety (IOSH) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (MIIRSM).
Fleet Health and Safety can help you as much or as little as you like and we
will not sell you something you do not require. We can develop a complete health & safety system for you or just provide a health & safety policy, a full audit or help you with your reporting of an incident -it's that simple. We believe that every business is unique in its health and safety
requirements and do not operate a tied contracts system.
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