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8 ways manufacturers could get caught out by the CDM Regulations

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If we asked you what construction in manufacturing is, you may think building new factories, building extensions maybe renovating the factory or renewing external signage. But, you might not think of installing machines or maintaining buildings.

But, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015, uses the word ‘construction’ in its loosest term and it might just catch some manufacturers out, leaving you open to potential prosecution for non-compliance.

These eight frequent practices in manufacturing come within the CDM Regulations:

  1. Moving machinery within the factory

  2. Dismantling a machine for repair or refurbishment

  3. Creating new working areas by installing (or removing) structures such as walls, additional levels or elevated walkways

  4. Almost anything involving mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer services including installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal

  5. Dismantling existing machinery for decommissioning

  6. Redesigning factory layout

  7. Building, or dismantling, an extension

  8. Installing new machinery

These projects - and many more - need to be managed in a formal way from the planning stages right through to completion.

EEF experts are on hand to provide health & safety and construction business support services to help manufacturers comply with CDM regulations.


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