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Construction safety and CDM compliance

The CDM Regulations were introduced (revised in 2007 and again 2015) with the aims of reducing the poor health and safety record in the construction industry. A key requirement of the Regulations is the effective & systematic management of Project specific health & safety risks; from the initial concept and design, throughout the construction phase, day-to-day use and maintenance, refurbishment, and eventual demolition of the completed or refurbished structure.

The CDM Regulations place specific duties on several legally defined duty holder roles, i.e. the CDM Client, Designers, Contractors, Principal Designers and  Principal Contractors.

The complexity or value of the construction work is not itself any indicator of risk. It is important to apply a proper and proportionate consideration of risk to all and any commissioned construction work – not just the “big” Projects.

The CDM Regulations apply to ALL construction work.

Our Corporate CDM compliance documents comprise several Guidance documents and a Checklist  as listed below.  These documents apply to:

  • Council Services directly involved with construction design and management or actual construction work
  • Council Services requesting or commissioning construction works via Property and Building Services
  • external agencies, designers, contractors and consultant appointments made by Fife Council for Construction Projects.

External Consultants and appointed duty holders requiring further information are requested to contact their nominated Project  Administrator or Tender Enquiry contact in the first instance.

Note that our Project Checklist OHS-C-016.F2 is mandatory for all  Projects involving significant new, or alteration to existing,designs. This  form is recommended as an aide mémoire for all construction projects.OHS-C-16 series publications (below) are to be referenced in relevant contract terms.

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