CDM Questions and Answers


CDM Questions and Answers

  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • Risk Assessments
  • The Client
  • The CDM Co-ordinator
  • Designers
  • The Principal Contractor
  • Contractors
  • Design Risk Assessments
  • The Pre-Construction Information Pack
  • The Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan
  • Competency of Duty Holders
  • The Health and Safety File
  • Workplace Facilities
  • Management of Health and Safety on Construction Projects
  • Accident and Incident Management
  • Site Welfare Facilities
  • Asbestos
  • Safe Places of Work
  • Vehicles and Transport
  • Working at Heights
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety
  • Training in Health and Safety

What are the CDM Regulations and 
what is their purpose?

The CDM Regulations are the common name for the Construction (Design
and Management) Regulations 2007, a set of Regulations which came into
force on 6 April 2007.

The Regulations replace the Construction (Design and Management)
Regulations 1994 (and amendments) and the Construction (Health, Safety &
Welfare) Regulations 1996.
The purpose of the Regulations is to improve the health and safety record
on construction sites by requiring all parties involved in a construction project
to take responsibility for health and safety standards. By requiring better
planning, design and management of a construction project, it is believed that
unacceptably high accident and fatality rates will be reduced.
The Regulations are also intended to help reduce the high incident rate
of occupational ill-health which is common in the construction industry e.g.
chronic respiratory conditions, muscular–skeletal conditions, industrial deafness,
industrial dermatitis and so on.
Those who could create health and safety risks have been made responsible
for considering and controlling them during all stages of the project –
conception, design, planning, construction work, future maintenance and use
of the building, including demolition.


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