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UK updates CDM and CHSW Regs

Revisions to the UK’s Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations are expected to come into force in April 2007.

The new version of the regulations, CDM 2007, will bring together the existing CDM 1994 and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) (CHSW) Regulations 1996 into a single regulatory package.

The changes to the CDM Regulations are being introduced by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) following an industry-wide consultation in 2002.

Findings of this supported criticism that the complexity of the regulations and bureaucratic approach of many of the duty-holders were affecting the underlying health and safety objectives.

CDM 2007 is billed by the HSC as an opportunity for a step change in health and safety performance.

It will also be used to emphasise the broader benefits of a well managed approach to tackling these issues.

The new version of the regulations will be supported by an Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and industry approved guidance, which is scheduled for publication in January 2007.

Drafts of the guidance and regulations will be available following a HSC meeting due to be held on 17 October.

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