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RR845 - Evaluation of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007: Pilot study

This report describes the plan developed for the evaluation of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007), the findings from the pilot of the evaluation plan and options for a full evaluation of CDM 2007.

The pilot evaluation showed that there are positive signs in terms of CDM 2007 meeting its objectives, with evidence of three being met and two being partially met. However, some respondents have concerns the effectiveness of CDM 2007 in: Minimising bureaucracy; Bringing about integrated teams; Bringing about better communications and information flow between project team members; and Better competence checks by organisations who appoint other duty holders.

The findings indicate that respondents were able to provide cost data. Some Clients, Designers and Principal Contractors reported no additional costs in complying with CDM 2007 on a project. However, the remaining Clients, Designers and Principal Contractors, and all of the Contractors did report additional costs in complying with CDM 2007 on a project.

On balance, the respondents' views on CDM were positive as the benefits were viewed as moderate, whilst the costs were viewed as moderate or lower.

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 2011-03-30