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Note: The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/51 came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320. See Practice Notes: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and CDM Regulations 2015—what's changed? [Archived].
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320 (the CDM Regs) came into force on 6 April 2007. Their purpose is to make health and safety a fundamental and routine consideration in the planning and management of all construction projects and ensure that the duties of the various parties are clear. The CDM Regs aim to reduce the risk of harm to those involved in the building, use, maintenance and demolition of structures and provide a framework to make this happen.
The CDM Regs apply to all 'construction work' (as defined in the CDM Regs). They do not apply to construction work carried out for domestic clients or to landscaping, surveying, manufacturing, oil rig/ship building, mining and/or general maintenance works. For the purposes of these regulations, a project is not just the construction work, but also includes all the planning, design and management or other work until the end of the construction phase.
The CDM Regs make key parties in a construction project responsible for the creation of a healthy and safe
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