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CDM Case Studies for Small Builders and Contractors

The NFB is actively involved in The Construction Leadership Council’s Health, Safety, and Wellbeing workstream, which is launching a new guide entitled CDM Case Studies for Small Builders and Contractors for small construction businesses and tradespeople working in the domestic sector.

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety, and welfare of construction projects, and applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair, and maintenance. However, research has shown that knowledge, application and understanding of the CDM 2015 Regulations vary across the sector, especially amongst smaller businesses.

The NFB’s Director of Policy, James Butcher is the chair of the Supporting Small Employers group who, in response to this, worked with the Keeping Pace with Change group of the Construction Industry Advisory Council (CONIAC), which the NFB is an active leader of, has developed a new handy guide, showing how CDM Regulations are applied in practice to three standard small building projects to help builders and contractors understand their roles and responsibilities.

The guide is a short interactive PDF, which includes useful links to helpful industry resources, explains what CDM Regulation are and why they matter. It also provides case studies, a helpful one-page flowchart and summary FAQs with plain English translation.

The guide is an amended and abridge version of the ‘CDM 20-20 Vision – Changing the Culture’ guide, which includes a range of examples of CDM applied to a variety of work types. This version has been produced by the Supporting Small Employers group of CONIAC and has been written by small businesses, for small businesses.

The NFB is asking and encouraging construction professionals and business who operate in, or supply, the domestic sector to share the guide with others who work in the industry. The document may also be a useful reference for homeowners who are commissioning small works.

Download guidance here

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