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Govt releases CDM code of practice

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THE HEALTH and Safety Executive has attempted to dispel industry fears over the introduction of new CDM regulations with the publication of an approved code of pract ice.

The HSE initially shied away from providing such a code even though respondents to the consultation on CDM voted for it by a majority of three to one.

But last week the HSE announced the new CDM regulations would be delayed from October this year until spring 2007 while the ACoP and regulations are finalised.

TGWU construction secretary Bob Blackman, who sat on the industry CDM working group, said: 'We made it very clear that we had to have the code of practice because the regulations are written in legal jargon. The code of practice gives clear practical guidance for small businesses.' The Construction Con federation also called for more detailed guidance last year.

The HSE intends to make a final draft of the ACoP available three months before the regulations come into force to give the industry time to plan for the changes.

Construction Confederation chief executive Stephen Ratcliffe said: 'We recognise the importance of getting these changes right. Moving the proposed implementation date gives us more time to prepare guidance for our members and this will form an important part of the overall package.'

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