New Safety Obligations for Selfbuilders

New Health & Safety construction regulations to affect selfbuilders

(SelfBuild & Design magazine coverage, June 2015 issue, pg 80, click here to view printed article)

SelfBuild & Design Magazine, June 2015

Under new CDM rules, on-site safety for selfbuilders is more important than ever, advises Lousie Hosking, chartered safety & health practitioner.

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As a risk management specialist, Louise asks the question “when do selfbuilders and DIY projects fall into the scope of the requirements?

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), which came into force in April, has important implications for a client who will ultimately live there. CDM aims to reduce accidents via good design, planning and co-operation from concept to completion and – ultimately – decommissioning.  It covers construction, alteration, renovation and maintenance.  It specifies legal requirements on site safety standards and provision of welfare facilities.

Louise goes on to explain who ‘duty holders’ are and what their responsibilities involve.  Click here to read the entire article.

*Louise Hosking is managing director of Hosking Associates, a chartered safety & health practitioner, and regular contributor to numerous trade journals and magazines nationwide