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Have your say: HSE consults on further changes to Approved Codes of Practice; and on replacing the Construction Design and Management Regulations

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on proposed revisions to three Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and replacing the Construction Design and Management Regulations.

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This update was published in Legal Alert - May 2014

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  • proposed revisions to, and updating of, three Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) ;
  • replacing the Construction Design and Management Regulations.

The relevant ACOPs are Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (L22); Safe Use of Power Presses (L112) and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment (L114). This follows the review of 30 ACOPs in 2012. The proposed revisions are intended, for the most part, to abandon out-of-date content and simplify the ACOPs.

This consultation ends on 23 May 2014.

The second consultation concerns proposals to replace the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations of 2007, which provide the framework for managing health and safety from design to construction in building projects. The proposal is to replace them with new regulations to the law simpler and easier to understand and comply with, especially for small businesses.

The most significant changes included in the proposals are:

  • the CDM co-ordinator role being replaced by a principal designer role within the project team;
  • removal of explicit competence requirements and replacing with a specific requirement for appropriate skills;
  • application of the CDM Regulations to domestic clients in a proportionate way
  • Approved Code of Practice being replaced by tailored guidance.

The second consultation ends on 6 June 2014.


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