CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2007
These regulations came into force on 6th April 2007 and replace Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. These latter regulations are revised and incorporated into CDM 2007.
The new regulations maintain the principles set out in the old regulations but replace the role of the “Planning Supervisor” and redefine it as “Health and Safety Co-ordinator”. Greater emphasis is placed on the “Client’s” responsibilities as the controlling force behind any project.
The key aim of CDM 2007 is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together to:
improve the planning and management of projects from the very start;
identify hazards early on, so they can be eliminated or reduced at the design or planning stage and the remaining risks can be properly managed;
target effort where it can do the most good in terms of health and safety; and
discourage unnecessary bureaucracy.
Accompanying the Regulations is a detailed Approved Code of Practice which clarifies many of the issues raised and provides useful guidance on fulfilling the requirements.
APRIL STATUTORY RATE CHANGES
STATUTORY MATERNITY, PATERNITY AND ADOPTION PAY (SMP, SPP, SAP)
The standard rate has increased from £108.85 to £112.75 per week.
STATUTORY SICK PAY (SSP)
SSP has increased from £70.05 to £72.55 per week.
NATIONAL INSURANCE LOWER EARNINGS LIMIT
To qualify for the above entitlements, the employee must earn above the lower earnings limit. The limit was £82.00 but has increased to £87.00 per week.