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8 Ways Manufacturers Could Get Caught Out By CDM Regulations 2015

In 2015, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced an update to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. This became CDM 2015.

But what does CDM mean, what is CDM, and does CDM apply to my project? If you find yourself asking these questions, check out Make UK's CDM Regulations 2015 - Ultimate Guide for more information.

The big change was at the beginning, with the HSE greatly increasing the legal meaning of the terms “Construction” & “Structure”.

In short, Construction now includes “commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration, or other maintenance” of "fixed plant” or machinery.

Understanding the application of CDM 2015 within UK manufacturing is crucial for manufacturers because these regulations also play a key role in ensuring safety and compliance in the UK's manufacturing sector.

In this article, we'll explore eight common ways manufacturers may unintentionally fall short of CDM 2015 standards. Each point provides practical insights and tips for avoiding these pitfalls. Our goal is to guide you towards compliance and operational efficiency.

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1. New Machinery Installation

Installing new machinery, whether it's a sophisticated robot or a simple conveyor belt, is more than just finding the right spot. It involves considerations for safety, space, and how it integrates with your current processes.

Failing to comply with CDM 2015 regulations during installation could lead to overlooked safety hazards and potential fines.

Have you considered all safety aspects in your machinery installation process?

2. Structural Changes

Modifying the structure of your factory or workplace, even if it seems minor, can have significant implications under CDM 2015. Such changes often involve more than just physical alterations; they can affect safety procedures, workflow, and employee roles.

Overlooking these aspects can lead to non-compliance with CDM regulations.

Are all structural changes in your facility thoroughly planned for safety and compliance?

3. Machinery Dismantling

Dismantling machinery requires as much attention to detail and safety as installing it. Manufacturers must consider the implications of removing equipment, not just in terms of the physical space but also in how it affects ongoing operations and safety protocols.

Compliance with CDM regulations is crucial during this process to avoid accidents and penalties.

Do your dismantling procedures align with CDM safety standards?

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4. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance might seem like standard procedure, but under CDM 2015, it has greater implications. It's not just about keeping equipment running smoothly; it's also about ensuring that these maintenance activities don't introduce new hazards or disrupt safety protocols.

Manufacturers need to conduct these activities with a keen eye on compliance to avoid potential issues.

How does your maintenance routine ensure ongoing compliance with CDM regulations?

5. Temporary Works

Temporary works, such as scaffolding or temporary support structures, are often overlooked in terms of CDM compliance. However, these short-term constructions can have long-term safety implications if not managed correctly.

Manufacturers must treat these works with the same level of scrutiny as permanent changes to ensure compliance and safety.

Are your temporary works managed with an understanding of their long-term safety impacts?

6. Worker Training and Engagement

Effective training and worker engagement go beyond mere formalities under CDM 2015. It's essential that all staff are not only aware of the regulations but also understand their role in compliance.

This understanding is crucial for maintaining a safe working environment and avoiding regulatory breaches.

Are your staff adequately trained and engaged in CDM compliance practices?

7. Documentation and Record Keeping

Under CDM 2015, documentation and record keeping are not just administrative tasks; they are your safety net. Accurate and up-to-date records can be the difference between compliance and non-compliance.

They provide a clear trail of your safety efforts and are vital in the event of an audit or incident.

How comprehensive and current is your documentation and record keeping for CDM compliance?

8. Extensions

Constructing or dismantling an extension involves more than just the physical work. It's a project that must be thoroughly vetted for CDM 2015 compliance to safeguard against potential regulatory and safety challenges.

Have you fully assessed the contractors carrying out this work? Are they aware that they are the Principal Contractor? If you haven’t told them, you take on that role by default.

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How Do You Achieve Total CDM Compliance

Navigating the complexities of CDM 2015 regulations can be more challenging than many manufacturers realise. The subtleties of what CDM means in different operational contexts – from installing new machinery to restructuring your factory layout – leave ample room for unintentional non-compliance. It's startlingly easy to overlook a crucial aspect of CDM regulations which can lead not only to safety risks but also to costly fines.

Learn about CDM

The first step to being CDM compliant is to understand it completely. Construction Design and Management (CDM) training is a course meticulously developed by our in-house experts, offering comprehensive insights into the world of CDM. This course doesn't just cover the essentials of CDM 2015; it delves into a wide range of real-world scenarios.

By enrolling in our course, you will be thoroughly equipped with the knowledge and understanding necessary to navigate all aspects of CDM 2015, ensuring your place of manufacturing remains compliant and safe in the complex and ever-evolving landscape of construction management.

Our one day course is available via Virtual Classroom but also via E-learning, which enables you to study at your own pace.

Short on time?

If the thought of learning about CDM 2015 regulations in-depth to remain compliant on top of your day-to-day operations feels overwhelming, you’re not alone.

With a unique understanding of the manufacturing sector, Make UK are regularly commissioned to support manufacturers with construction projects.

Our experts bring years of experience and up-to-date insights, taking the weight of CDM compliance off your shoulders and providing personalised guidance, advice, and solutions that fit your unique business needs.

We handle the intricacies of CDM compliance so you can focus on what you do best - running your business.

Connect with us today and a member of our team will get back to you with a plan.