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Construction (Design Management) regulations apply as much to redecorating your office wall as it does to building it, and as we know, these regulations require you to put in place a structure to safely manage both employees, non-employees and contractors carrying out the work. If safety measures are not put in place or practiced correctly, this can leave you open to potential prosecution for non-compliance. 

So, let’s looks a little deeper at these regulations and consider what you would need to include to remain compliant.

If we refresh our memory, on the CDM15 definition of ‘construction work’, we know that it covers the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and this is clearly defined within the regulations under Regulation 2. 

But what does this look like when applying CDM Regulations to maintenance and task within a manufacturing facility? 

Here are 8 frequent practices that fall within the CDM Regulations

1. Installing new machinery – could be a robot or
2. Moving machinery within the factory
3. Dismantling existing machinery for repair or refurbishment or even decommissioning
4. Creating new working areas by installing (or removing) structures such as walls, additional levels or elevated walkways
5. Almost anything involving mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer services including installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal
6. Refurbishing or even redecorating areas of a factory
7. Redesigning factory layout
8. Building, or dismantling an extension 
These projects - and many more - need to be managed in a formal way from the planning stages right through to completion.
This doesn’t necessarily mean paperwork on paperwork but your plans, procedures and systems of work do needs to reflect all the complexities involved within the project or task you are doing. 
Need help to understand your requirements under CDM regulations (CDM15)?

Our CDM training course will help you understand your legal obligations and duties under the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015). You will gain a detailed understanding of the new regulation and how to ensure compliance throughout the entire project lifecycle.

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