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23 – ALL ABOARD! Apart from that, is everything clear? Well, no, the debate about what ‘so far as reasonably practical’ (SFARP) really means continues to cause issue, especially as the HSE L153 states that “you do not have to take action if it would be grossly disproportionate to the level of risk”. The inclusion of the word ‘grossly’ muddies the water and, generally in CDM, actions have to be ‘proportionate’. L153 also includes reference to the gov.uk website (www.gov.uk/risk.faq.htm) for the latest information on what ‘reasonably practicable’ means. Is there good guidance? Yes – the HSE legal series guidance document (L153) is available to download, and includes the Regulations. At present, there is no approved code of practice (ACoP) for the 2015 Regulations, so L153 is the main source. It’s approach is straightforward and supports areas that the Regulations do not fully cover. Go to: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l153.pdf There is also industry guidance, prepared by a working party of the Construction Industry Advisory Council (CONIAC), a consultative body run by the HSE, which can all be freely downloaded through the CITB website: www.citb.co.uk. Other guidance is being published and training offered to industry. This is important! If all the above leaves you cold, just take a minute to remember the thousands of people who have been killed or seriously injured or become unhealthy or died as a result of their health issues, all because they worked on our sites. Take encouragement from the good performance the UK’s construction has made in relation to other countries over the years. The industry can do more and CDM 2015 is designed to assist, so it important to respect it for helping the industry change and grow. PS. Did you know? Many people who think they understand CDM have failed to notice the requirement to apply the ‘general principles of protection’. If you are not aware of them, spend a few minutes reading up on them in L153 and the industry guidance and challenge yourself – how could I do better? Get involved CIRIA is currently updating its guidance for designers about construction risks (C755) and on ‘in-use’ risks (C756) to align with CDM 2015. The guides will be published in late 2015. To find out more email: alan.gilbertson@ciria.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300


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