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Revised code of practice aims to deliver on health and safety

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Managing Health and Safety in Construction, the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice (AcoP) on the CDM regulations, was published last week. It will come into force on 1 February.

Speaking of the current regulations, Kevin Myers, chief inspector of construction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said that at present duty holders either did not 'understand what they needed to do or they were reluctant to shoulder their responsibilities'.

This first revision of the AcoP aims to clarify the regulatory guidance, provide examples and practical advice on identifying and reducing hazards, and to spell out the duties and responsibilities of all parties. As Myers said: 'This AcoP provides a second chance to deliver the benefits that CDM should have produced six years ago.'

The HSE will also issue a discussion document early in 2002 to stimulate debate on what works well and what improvements can be made. Myers said that 'these initiatives seek to change the culture of the industry, improve project management and ensure that risks are identified or managed effectively. We need to change from a culture of adversarial relationships and minimal compliance, to one of joined up working, continual improvement and striving for excellence'.

The new document is a more readable and logically presented volume than the current edition. It is hoped this will aid those charged with explaining the complexities of CDM compliance.

Copies of Managing Health and Safety in Construction are available from HSE books on 01787 881165.

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