The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 are to undergo re-drafting by the HSE and reissue during the course of 2014. The Regulations were initially introduced in 1994 with the aim of minimising serious injury, fatalities and ill health by improving the overall management and coordination of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of a construction project. It is felt that the Regulations have largely achieved their objectives but concerns remain, particularly with the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP).
The review started during the course of 2009 with details expected to be presented to the HSE board this December. As part of the evaluation process external research was conducted by Frontline Consultants. On the positive side it was felt that the 2007 Regulations improved clarification of dutyholders’ roles and responsibilities, the definitions of competence were strong and the ACoP was well laid out. Areas arguably requiring attention include the high level of generic paperwork and the difficulties dutyholders face when interpreting the ACoP. Following the Löftstedt report (which recommended review of the Regulations by April 2012), it appears as though the HSE are keen to address outstanding issues, including ways to reduce and simplify the ACoP.
The Health and Safety team will continue to monitor developments in this area going forward.