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Construction Regulations to be updated

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007are to undergo re-drafting by the HSE and reissue during the course of 2014.The Regulations were initially introduced in 1994 with the aim of minimisingserious injury, fatalities and ill health by improving the overall managementand coordination of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of aconstruction project. It is felt that the Regulations have largely achievedtheir objectives but concerns remain, particularly with the Approved Code ofPractice (ACoP).

The review started during the course of 2009 with detailsexpected to be presented to the HSE board this December. As part of theevaluation process external research was conducted by Frontline Consultants. Onthe positive side it was felt that the 2007 Regulations improved clarificationof dutyholders’ roles and responsibilities, the definitions of competence werestrong and the ACoP was well laid out. Areas arguably requiring attentioninclude the high level of generic paperwork and the difficulties dutyholdersface when interpreting the ACoP. Following the Löftstedt report (whichrecommended review of the Regulations by April 2012), it appears as though theHSE are keen to address outstanding issues, including ways to reduce andsimplify the ACoP.

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