Construction Design and Management (CDM) 2015, generally known as CDM regulations, is an HSE regulatory standard enforced last April 2015. It aims to improve health and safety across the construction industry and ensure construction projects and plans take worker safety into consideration so injuries and fatalities can be avoided. CDM regulations protect the physical well-being of employees as well as define their responsibilities according to their job roles.
The 2020 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) key statistics reported that at least 81,000 workers suffered from work-related illnesses to construction sector workers from 2018 to 2019 in Great Britain alone. These incidents can be avoided beginning in the early stages of project development through compliance with CDM regulations. Proper implementation of CDM regulations can:
This article will feature: 1) CDM requirements based on personnel duties; 2) consequences of non-compliance with CDM regulations; 3) tool used to streamline CDM risk assessments; and 4) free downloadable CDM risk assessment templates you can customize and use.
Safety is paramount across the construction industry. Overlooked construction risks increase the likelihood of accidents from happening. CDM regulations aim to protect employees from construction risks such as accidental falls, being struck by an object, accidental electrocutions, and being caught between objects and machines.
Noncompliance with HSE and CDM regulations may result in substantial fines and criminal liabilities. Construction personnel and key project stakeholders can avoid this by assessing and monitoring risks from the beginning until the completion of a project.
We already mentioned legal requirements. The need to notify the HSE about construction work comes under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (often referred to as the CDM regulations). CDM applies to every construction project (but not every construction needs to be notified - more on that later).
We have a more detailed post on checking if your project is notifiable in How To Calculate If Your Construction Project Is CDM Notifiable. Not sure if your project is notifiable? Use our free CDM 2015 notification calculator.
Schedule 1 of the CDM regulations details the information that needs to be submitted as part of the notification. This is the information that HSE need for their records. The information required to be contained in the notification is:
You can use the F10 form to notify a new project or to update an existing project. Select 'create a notification' for a new project, or 'edit a notification' to retrieve and update a previously submitted notification. The online form has recently changed, the information required is still the same as the details asked for in schedule 1 of the CDM regulations above. But in a slightly different order.
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Potential causes of damageIt is essential that companies use qualified and competent forklift truck drivers. Of course, the right type of truck must be used for a particular installation, and it is important to ensure that the layout of the racking system provides good access for that vehicle, with adequate aisle widths free from obstruction.
An audit will examine the set-up of the warehouse and help identify a pattern of operation that may be contributing to rack damage. It will also determine whether or not additional training, signage, or upgraded rack-protection systems are required. A racking maintenance contract with a respected company will help ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.2,3 The contracted company will arrange for trained technicians to carry out an initial site visit and inspection to draw up a detailed assessment of the storage system and layout. A report will then be sent to the customer highlighting any damaged, missing, or badly-fitted components and detailing any replacements and repairs that need to be carried out.
General Practitioners (GPs) provide services to medical card holders free ofcharge. GPs in the General Medical Services (GMS) Scheme enter into contractswith the Health Service Executive (HSE) to provide services.
There are certain services that GPs are not obliged to provide free ofcharge, for example, eye tests for a driving licence or reports for lifeassurance. You may also be charged for medical certificates for absence fromwork. If you need a medical report to apply for a social welfare payment, theDepartment of Social Protection may coverthe fee.
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The intention of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is to make more explicit what employers are required to do in order to manage health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Like the HASAWA, these Regulations apply to every work activity.The main requirement of these regulations is on employers to carry out a risk assessment. And, where employers have five or more employees, there is a need to record the significant findings of the risk assessment.
These regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, require work equipment to be constructed in such a way that it is suitable for the purpose for which it is to be used. Once again, the employer (which can also be a self-employed person) is responsible for these arrangements.
Put simply, the aim of the PUWER is to make safer the working lives of everyone who operates, uses or comes into contact with machinery and equipment. This includes employers, employees, contractors, suppliers, and anyone else who might use or have access to machinery and equipment within the workplace. To summarise, the aim of the regulations is to ensure that all equipment is: 2b1af7f3a8