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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 came into force on 9 July, 2007 with the aim of improving health & safety performance in the construction industry. Many were concerned following the introduction of CDM 1995 that not enough was being done to promote effective Health & Safety Management, whilst also causing unnecessary bureaucracy and increasing burdens on business. In particular, many saw poor project management and fragmentation as major obstacles to progress in health and safety.

CDM 2007 seeks to address these failings and introduces critical changes. It revokes and replaces the 1995 CDM Regulations and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996, and a revised Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) accompanies CDM 2007 which provides practical guidance. As CDM 2007 affects all "duty holders", that is, client, designers, contractors (including principal contractors) and CDM Co-Coordinators, it is crucial to review the new arrangements and understand the new obligations imposed.

Long O Donnell Associates work as H&S/CDM Co-ordinators on a range of projects, in addition to our more familiar roles as Quantity Surveyor and Commercial Manager.

Following the introduction of CDM in Northern Ireland earlier this year, we have already been busy working with our clients to ensure that they are in prepared for the new changes.

 

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