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If you work in construction, you have probably heard of the CDM Regulations. Because the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) apply to all construction projects. But what exactly is construction work? Let’s look at the definition of construction work under CDM.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) applies to all construction work. But the definition of construction work covers more than you might think under CDM. Building a house? Yes. But what about painting a wall, digging a hole, or fitting some windows?
Let’s take a look.
You might expect CDM to cover a big extension or refurbishment project. But what about installing a new service, or carrying out maintenance on your heating? Replacing parts or giving your office a new lick of paint? The definition of construction work under CDM 2015 is far-reaching. If you work in construction or engage with contractors, chances are, anything you do will attract the CDM regulations.
It’s important to be aware that CDM applies to construction work, and not just construction projects. It doesn’t matter how short or small the work carried out is. If it involves one person or one hundred. If it’s classed as construction work, CDM applies.
For details on what exactly is classed as construction work under CDM, we can take a look in the regulations themselves, useful! The definition is split into 5 sections, so there’s quite a bit to cover. Let’s start with section a) below.
‘construction work’ means the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes—
- the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance (including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure, or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure;