The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDMRegulations 2007) is a revision of a major piece of legislationwithin the wide portfolio of construction-related legislation. Itseeks to improve the long term health and safety performance of theUK construction industry, with ownership of health and safetyproactively undertaken by the integrated project team.
Good design has always embraced health and safety issues anddesign teams remain essential players as well as key contributorsand communicators in matters of health and safety management.Designers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their designsaccount for health and safety at all stages within the holisticenvelope of construction.
Design Risk Management: Contribution to Health and Safetygives detailed guidance to construction practitioners with designresponsibility on how to identify and manage health and safetyrisks, and on the design strategies to be followed. It seeks tofocus on accountability with due emphasis on the minimisation ofunnecessary bureaucracy and offers documentation trails thatprovide an insight to managing risk and not paperwork. Subsequentlyit offers a process by which designers can discharge their dutiesin compliance with the CDM Regulations.