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RR538 - Improving the effectiveness of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994

Establishing views from construction stakeholders on the current effectiveness of CDM

This report provides the basis for a future evaluation of the effectiveness of the proposed revisions to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM) that are planned to take effect in April 2007. It describes a study to obtain the views of construction stakeholders on the effectiveness of CDM 1994, and to prepare a series of key indicators of improvement in areas that affect health and safety in construction.

Data were gathered from three sources: a review of recent trade literature and industry and government initiatives to gain an insight into the current concerns of the construction industry regarding the CDM Regulations; 25 structured interviews to provide in-depth views based on single duty holders; and three workshops using the Influence Network technique to discuss the factors that influence health and safety in construction, and provide a wider context for the way that CDM 1994 is perceived in the construction industry.

Data from these activities were triangulated and analysed against HSC’s five high-level objectives to produce a series of direct and indirect indicators of change that can be used to guide the future evaluation of CDM 2007.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19