At a private meeting of the executive’s board on 9 March it was agreed that the test for introducing an ACoP to support CDM – that it should be. CDM specialist Christian McCale looks at the situation on whether a new Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for the construction sector will be. A final formal decision on whether or not there will be an ACoP for the CDM is still awaited. However, the Construction Industry Advisory.

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The ACoP came into force in April Construction Design and Management Regulations All focus should be on the actions necessary to reduce and manage risk.

If the construction work involves some of the above, the overlap between the construction and non construction work should be addressed in the management arrangements and the construction phase plan. The effort invested in planning and managing health and safety should be proportionate to the risks and complexity of the project.


If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the Approved Code, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a Aop will find you at fault.

Unnecessary paperwork which adds little to risk management can be a dangerous distraction from the real business of risk reduction and acopp.

It states that if you follow the advice given you will be doing enough to comply with the law as far as the CDM regulations are concerned. The carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes:.


The notes you are reading have been updated to accommodate the HSE’s changes to both format and content. This edition is a complete re-write from the original and revised Acp that were written for the CDM regulations These changes are significant and should be read in conjunction with the HSE document. Paragraph 21 of the ACoP states that if the risk is medium to high for example where the work involves the following.


The regulations are intended to focus attention on planning and management and to ensure that health and safety considerations are treated as an essential part of the project and not an afterthought or bolt on extra.

It states in the introduction that the key aim of CDM is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together to:. When carrying out fdm, regulation 29 requires those in control of the work to produce a written plan showing how danger will be prevented.