CDM2015 to come into force in April 2015

Progress welcomed on construction regulations consultation resulting in new CDM2015 from April 2015

IOSH has welcomed the conclusion of a public consultation on revising the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM), following a period of uncertainty about the changes.

These important regulations aim to improve health and safety in construction, by making it integral to projects and focussing on effective planning and risk management – from design concept onwards.  The HSE launched a 10-week consultation in March with a view to developing revised regulations. Following the consultation a number of weaknesses in the propsals are now being addressed.  In particular the need to provide more clarity and guidance on the key issue of competence and also to retain a shorter approved code of practice.

Report from www.shponline.co.uk

National H&S Clampdown

National clampdown targets construction industry’s poor health record with targeted inspection initiative

‘Health as well as safety’ will be the message as poor standards and unsafe work on Britain’s building sites are targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the industry.

During the month long initiative, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

From today (22 September), HSE Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed. These include working with harmful dusts such as silica and asbestos, and other hazardous substances. If unacceptable standards are found Inspectors will take immediate enforcement action.

HSE is urging industry to ‘think health’ as over 30,000 construction workers are made ill by their work every year.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said:

“Industry has made much progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured in its activities, but for every fatal accident, approximately 100 construction workers die from a work-related cancer[1]

During the recent health initiative, enforcement action was taken on one in six sites.  Time and again we find smaller contractors working on refurbishment and repair work failing to protect their workers through a lack of awareness and poor control of risks.

This isn’t acceptable – it costs lives, and we will take strong and robust action where we find poor practice and risky behaviour.

Through campaigns like this we aim to ensure contractors take all risks to their workers seriously, and not just focus on immediate safety implications. They need to put in place practical measures to keep workers both safe and well”

Further information about the Initiative, results of previous campaigns and safe-working in construction can be found online here.  Information from the HSE website.

 

Construction Sector Optimism Fades

Construction Sector Optimism Fades as housing market cools

Britain’s builders enjoyed their strongest run in 17 years in the third quarter but there are signs that growth will slow as the housing market cools.

The construction sector has grown consistently for the past year and a half, but optimism among companies plummeted in September on outlook fears.

Chris Williamson chief Markit economist said: “Construction firms’ optimism in relation to the outlook fell to the lowest for nearly a year in September, sullied by concerns over a slowing housing market, shortages of both skilled labour and suitable subcontractors, higher interest rates and a general weakening of growth in the wider economy.”  Click here for more.