Building Relationships

CDM six months on - Health and Safety gone mad

5th October is the deadline for the switch over to the new Principal Designer (PD) role under the revised CDM Regulations. Six months on our dedicated health & safety team have some serious concerns about how the new regulations are working. A large number of clients, particularly smaller, less experienced organisations, are unclear about the duties and responsibilities that now fall on them, they have found. At the same time, many architects and designers don’t feel they have the skills to take on all the health & safety aspects of the PD role. Confusion also reigns in the design & build world where there seems to be little agreement as to which party should take this on.

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Watts Bulletin editor: Trevor Rushton.