CDM Update


CDM Update

28 Jan 2015

It has been a little while since we communicated with you all regarding the proposed enforcement of the CDM regulations in April this year.  The HSE have now released a draft set of CDM regulations which take into consideration the exhibition and events sector.  This follows a meeting of a committee known as JACE (Joint Advisory Committee on Entertainment) where the AEV is represented.  Following this meeting the HSE have now written to all JACE members and have confirmed:

  • CDM will apply to construction activities in the entertainment sectors
  • The HSE will continue to proactively inspect a small number of events involving high risk activities
  • The HSE recognise the industry will want to be in a position to demonstrate compliance and note that those that have effective risk management arrangements in place for construction activities will need to do little more to comply with CDM 2015 regulations.

Further to this the HSE acknowledge that there needs to be a common understanding of what compliance will look like in practice for all stakeholders in the industry. 

To this end, the AEV have pulled together a cross association working party where AEO, ESSA and AEV members will meet with the HSE next week to discuss the issue in a collaborative manner. We will continue to update you as soon as we receive further information, but we are in a good place to ensure we continue to influence the enforcement of CDM in a positive, proportionate, practical and sensible way on behalf of our members. 

If you would like further information with regards to CDM have a look at the HSE website where you will be able to find the draft copy of CDM 2015.  Also on the CITB website it has listed industry guidance which we feel may be beneficial to some of you.



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