The CDM regulations have been in place for over 10 years. During that time the HSE put considerable energy into getting construction contractors to comply with the legislation and improve safety performance. In recent years the HSE have spent more time looking at the designer duties in CDM. Recent audits have demonstrated a poor level of appreciation of the CDM regulations and it is evident that many design organisations do not fully appreciate the impact that good or bad design can have on the long term safe construction, use and dismantling of assets.
David Thomas, Principal Specialist Inspector within HSE's Construction Division Technology Unit said, "HSE welcomes the numerous examples of good and best practice compiled by Design Best Practice. These will assist designers in achieving 'safety through design'. The examples provide practical guidance on the designer's duty to identify and eliminate hazards, adapt their design to reduce the risk from residual hazards and provide clear and concise information. Designers need to understand how their structure can be constructed, cleaned and maintained safely and must not produce solutions that cannot be constructed safely. We encourage all to contribute and share their experiences."