The CDM Regulations are changing from the 6th April 2015; the regulations will now also apply to domestic clients and will focus on the pre-construction phase of the project. There is a transitional period of six months to transfer to CDM 2015 for current projects.
There is a new ‘Bad Air Day’ Website. The Welding Fume Team is a group brought together by HSE, with the aim of promoting awareness and highlighting the potential risks to respiratory health from exposure to welding and thermal cutting fume. www.badairday.info
Legislation is being introduced next year to protect “Good Samaritans” who are acting for “the common good”.
The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill has been developed to reassure first aiders and voluntary workers that they cannot be sued for accidents that happen when they are attending to those who need help or are in distress. There was concern that people were being deterred from taking part in voluntary activities, helping others or intervening in emergencies due to worries about risk and liability. Read more
The HSE is seeking views on its proposal to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2007 and withdraw the Approved Code of Practice. The main proposed changes are, to make the Regulations easier to understand; replace the CDM co-ordinator role with the principal designer; replace the ACOP with targeted guidance; replace the detailed and prescriptive requirements for individual and corporate competence with a more generic requirement; align notification requirements with the Directive and apply the Regulations to domestic clients but in a proportionate way. Read more