Health & Safety ExecutiveConstruction Design & Management

New regulations that affect homeowners undertaking building work:

As of 6th April 2015, anyone carrying out building work on their home will now be required to ensure their contractors are in compliance with CDM15. If not, the future sale of their property could be affected.

CDM is a piece of legislation that uses good design and planning to reduce the number of accidents on site. The latest update means that, for the first time, regulations will apply to construction work commissioned by homeowners. Of the 43 fatalities on construction sites last year, three-quarters were on smaller sites, so the change is being implemented to recognise that the risk is not only on larger sites.

To ensure the new regulations are adhered to, everyone involved in a project – including the architects, engineers, builders and homeowner – must work together to meet the new standards.

Homeowners should be aware that the following now apply:

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to be clear on who is responsible for site health and safety, and chase the relevant documents at the end of the project.

For more information visit the Health and Safety Executive website.