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Why the CDM regulations came into force

It can be said that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous working environments and in the UK more than one third of workplace injuries occur on a construction site. It is not possible to eliminate all the risks on a construction site but it was found that many accidents could be prevented if employers were given the knowledge and guidance to manage construction sites as safely as possible. One set of regulations that was brought in for this purpose is the CDM regulations.

Why the need for CDM Regulations?

Prior to these regulations being introduced it is believed that certain safety aspects of a project were simply an afterthought. New regulations were needed in order to instil a safety first mentality in construction workers at all levels and this was best done right from the very start of the project. The CDM regulations were introduced in order to greatly reduce construction site risks.

What are the CDM Regulations?

The Construction Design and Management regulations came into force in the year 2007. It is designed to help ensure that safety is considered through all aspects of a construction project. These regulations serve to reduce the risk that all workers face while on a construction site and helps ensure that everyone from planners to manual workers factor in the safety aspect from the start of a project right through to completion.

What are the benefits of the CDM Regulations?

The primary purpose of the CDM regulations is to help make sure that a construction project is safe to use, build, and maintain. There are other benefits too such as a reduced requirement for paperwork and unnecessary bureaucracy, greater integration between the various departments, and a simplified safety approach to working on a project. Construction projects are now monitored by HSE professionals who seek to ensure that safety is a priority for everyone.