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Proposals to consolidate and revise the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 1994 and the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) (CHSW) Regulations 1996, and revise the supporting guidance

Consultation ended 29 July 2005

Note: Late responses will be accepted up to 31 August 2005

The Health and Safety Commission has published a consultative document setting out proposals for new regulations to consolidate and replace the Construction (Design and Management) and Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) (CHSW) regulations. These have been developed in close consultation with construction industry stakeholders.

The proposals aim to:

  • simplify the Regulations to improve clarity and make it easier for everyone to know what is expected of them;
  • maximise their flexibility to fit with the vast range of contractual arrangements;
  • focus on planning and management, rather than 'the plan' and other paperwork;
  • encourage co-ordination and co-operation, particularly between designers and contractors; and
  • simplify the assessment of the competence of organisations.

We want to know if you think that the proposals will deliver these objectives, how they could be improved and what more could be done to move the focus from paperwork to action that can really improve health and safety standards in practice.

Updated 2009-05-28