The Construction (Design and Management Regulations 2007) (“the Regulations”) came into force across Great Britain on 6 April 2007. The Regulations include important new health and safety requirements. The key provisions are as follows:

  • There are detailed duties placed on a design professional to avoid causing any risks to the health and safety of any person carrying out construction work or liable to be affected by the construction work.
  • The role of planning supervisor under the 1994 CDM Regulation is replaced with that of the CDM Co-ordinator. If the project is “notifiable”, projects with a construction phase likely to involve more than either 30 days or 500 person days, the CDM Co-ordinator must be appointed before design works start. In non-notifiable projects the professional carrying out the bulk of the design should normally co-ordinate the health and safety aspect.
  • The client now has a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that the arrangements for managing the project made by those with a duty under the new Regulations can be carried out.
  • There is a requirement that there be co-operation and co-ordination between all members of the project team. There are also detailed duties on contractors relating to health and safety on a construction site.