Proposals to make construction safer were on the agenda in London today Tuesday 14 May, when professional members of the Association for Project Safety [APS] met to discuss the future of the Construction [Design and Management] Regulations 2015. The APS is conducting a national consultation of construction safety experts to get their views ahead of the government’s promised review of the safety ‘Bible’ every project must follow.

APS President Stella Clutton-Saunders said:

“The Association for Project Safety (APS) is carrying out a review of the CDM Regulations 2015 because we want to help make construction safer. The government said the current regulations would be reviewed after five years and we want to take a constructive approach to help improve the rules. APS believes our professional members are the real, practical construction safety experts and are best placed to provide a positive contribution to the government’s review of the regulations.

“The Government said the Construction [Design and Management] Regulations 2015 would result in savings on £19.6 million and cut unnecessary red tape without compromising workers’ safety as a result of the reduction in the burden of health and safety legislation. The APS wants to know how far these aims have been met but, more importantly, we want to ask how the regulations can be improved to make the future safer.”

The national roadshows will reach out to APS members across the country and to a detailed questionnaire which has gone to over 4,000 individuals and businesses. The exercise will result in a report to be launched at the APS’s annual conference in Sheffield on 4 September 2019. The APS hopes this will lead to a constructive conversation with the HSE about how best to make sensible and proportionate changes to the current rules.