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Construction (Design and Management) Regulations Remade for Northern Ireland

18 March 2016

What is the new legislation:
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016
Who does this affect: Northern Ireland
When does this change take place: 1st August 2016

The Regulations revoke and replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 and is intended to protect persons from health and safety risks arising from construction work through the establishment of a systematic framework for management of those risks.

The main changes from the 2007 Regulations are:

  • The Regulations apply to all clients of construction projects, whether or not a person is acting in the course or furtherance of a business;
  • Pre-construction archaeological investigations are not included within the scope of the definition of construction work;
  • The role of CDM co-ordinator has been removed and various duties have been recast;
  • A client is required to appoint a principal designer as well as a principal contractor in any project where there may be more than one contractor working on the project;
  • The duty to notify now lies with a client and the threshold for notification is raised;
  • If a client is a domestic client, most of their duties will be carried out by the contractor, principal contractor, or principal designer;
  • The duties of contractors and the principal contractor have been modified.

The full text of the Regulations may be found here.
Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk