By Michael Spanczak, principal consultant, Turner & Townsend
So you think construction is not your business? Think again… Construction work is regulated by the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM). Section 2(1) defines construction and it is lengthy. Most businesses will carry out building maintenance, re-modelling, refits and refurbishments from time to time. By definition, this is construction, and no matter how big or small the job, businesses must comply with CDM 2015.
If your business is not in mainstream construction, you may find meeting your duties under the Regulations problematic and a potential minefield, because specialist knowledge and skills are required and these may not be available in-house. If you are not wary you could easily slide into non-compliance.
The following are a few pitfalls to consider:
Getting it right may have cost implications and if you are on tight margins it may be tempting to ignore the pitfalls. However, you do that at your own peril! The additional costs of getting construction management right will pale into insignificance against those costs incurred if you get it wrong.
These costs can include remedial construction costs, wasted materials, unplanned waste disposal costs, additional labour costs, loss of production, legal fees, fines, and in the worst cases, damage to the organisation’s reputation. This list is not exhaustive and as the complexity of the job increases, it gets longer.
It does not matter if your organisation is a hospital, a factory, an office, a school or a shop; if you are an owner, a senior business manager, a facilities manager or a safety professional you need to understand CDM 2015. So read the regulations, read the guidance, talk to construction safety specialists and acquire knowledge, and with this gain understanding that construction is a part of your business.
Michael Spanczak is principal consultant at Turner & Townsend