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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM)

CDM Regs 2007

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) can help you to:
improve health and safety in your industry
have the right people for the right job at the right time to manage the risks on site
focus on effective planning and manage the risk - not the paperwork
Everyone controlling site work has health and safety responsibilities. Checking that working conditions are healthy and safe before work begins, and ensuring that the proposed work is not going to put others at risk, require planning and organisation. This applies whatever the size of the site.

 exerts from CDM regs 2007


Duties of designers

11.—(1) No designer shall commence work in relation to a project unless any client for the project is aware of his duties under these Regulations.

(2) The duties in paragraphs (3) and (4) shall be performed so far as is reasonably practicable, taking due account of other relevant design considerations.

(3) Every designer shall in preparing or modifying a design which may be used in construction work in Great Britain avoid foreseeable risks to the health and safety of any person—

(a)carrying out construction work;
(b)liable to be affected by such construction work;
(c)cleaning any window or any transparent or translucent wall, ceiling or roof in or on a structure;
(d)maintaining the permanent fixtures and fittings of a structure; or
(e)using a structure designed as a workplace.
(4) In discharging the duty in paragraph (3), the designer shall—

(a)eliminate hazards which may give rise to risks; and
(b)reduce risks from any remaining hazards,
and in so doing shall give collective measures priority over individual measures.

(5) In designing any structure for use as a workplace the designer shall take account of the provisions of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 which relate to the design of, and materials used in, the structure.

(6) The designer shall take all reasonable steps to provide with his design sufficient information about aspects of the design of the structure or its construction or maintenance as will adequately assist—

(b)other designers; and
to comply with their duties under these Regulations.




Safe places of work

26.—(1) There shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, be suitable and sufficient safe access to and egress from every place of work and to and from every other place provided for the use of any person while at work, which access and egress shall be properly maintained.

(2) Every place of work shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, be made and kept safe for, and without risks to health to, any person at work there.

(3) Suitable and sufficient steps shall be taken to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no person uses access or egress, or gains access to any place, which does not comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) respectively.

(4) Every place of work shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, have sufficient working space and be so arranged that it is suitable for any person who is working or who is likely to work there, taking account of any necessary work equipment present.