The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations - CDM – first came into force in 1995 and was substantially revised in 2007. Based on a European Council Directive, CDM 2007 covers all construction work including alteration, renovation, redecoration, maintenance and demolition of buildings – as well as installation, maintenance or removal of services and equipment fixed to a structure – although it excludes domestic clients.
Building designers have a responsibility to ‘avoid foreseeable risks’to all those using, maintaining and eventually demolishing a building, with health and safety an integral part of project management from the very start - not an afterthought or bolt-on extra.
Correctly informing CDM Coordinators (formerly Planning Supervisors) as well as architects of the CDM implications of products is essential to avoid wrong assumptions being madeand to open up real opportunities resulting from this recent legislation.
STANDARDS CODES AND GUIDELINES
In addition to the planning process and compliance with Building Regulations, a wide range of other documents can influence the design and specification of buildings. British Standards are of key importance, not just covering product manufacture but also design and installation via Codes of Practice. With some building types, various additional design guidance is available, such as Health Building Notes for health buildings and Building Bulletins for schools. In some cases, these documents become effectively mandatory and referenced in Building Regulations.