The new CDM regulations will be coming into place in just
over a month, so understandably many businesses will be beginning to consider
how these new rules will apply to their project, and any actions they may need
to take. To help, we're going to be releasing some key information about the
changes each week in the run up to the 6th April 2015, which is the planned
date of the regulations to come into force.
In the regulations, it states that projects must have a 'Construction Phase Plan'; details of
this can be found below:
This Appendix, taken from the draft regulations, sets out
guidance on the requirements for the construction
phase plan and the actions each dutyholder needs to take in relation to
What is a
construction phase plan?
1. A construction
phase plan is a document that must
a) health and safety arrangements for the construction
b) site rules; and
c) where relevant, specific measures concerning work that falls within one or
more of the categories listed in Schedule 3.
2. The plan must record the arrangements for
managing the significant health and
safety risks associated with the construction phase of a project. It is the basis for communicating these arrangements
to all those involved in the construction phase so it should be easy to
understand and be as simple as possible.
3. In considering
what information is included, the emphasis is that it:
a) is relevant to the project;
b) has sufficient detail to clearly set out the arrangements, site rules and
special measures needed to manage the construction phase; but
c) is still proportionate to the scale and complexity of the project and the
The plan should not include documents that get in the way of
a clear understanding of what is needed to manage the construction phase, such
as generic risk assessments, records of how decisions were reached or detailed
safety method statements.
4. The following list
of topics should be considered when drawing up the plan:
a) a description of the project such as key dates and
details of key members of the project team;
b) the management of the work includes:
health and safety aims for the project;
to ensure cooperation between project team members and coordination of work e.g. regular site meetings;
for involving workers;
and emergency procedures;
c) the control of any of the specific site risks listed in
Schedule 3 where they are relevant to the work involved.
If you need help understanding the new CDM regulations, or
if you are unsure if your project will need to comply, then feel free to give
the QSC team a call on 01332 294800.
Alternatively, Click Here to
download our simplified CDM 2015 guide.
Please note: The draft Regulations and guidance may be
subject to change while the Regulations are awaiting Parliamentary
approval. The final versions of both
will be available on 6 April 2015.