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April 23, 2013

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New register of construction safety competence

The Institute of Construction Management (ICM) has announced the launch of a national register of safety competence for its new and existing members.

Entry is dependent upon competence, qualifications and experience, as measured against the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007  and the National Occupational Standards.

The register is available to the public, including customers, employers and authorities who are considering engaging practitioners, to enable verification of their competence. It aims to provide a level of assurance required by law.

Les Helliwell, president of the ICM, said: “It is extremely important to eradicate all accidents and improve health and welfare issues in the construction industry to ensure all personnel arrive home to their families safely each night.”

The register aims to give vital knowledge to those engaging personnel, including domestic and non-domestic clients, designers, principal contractors, the self-employed and workers, so they can operate safely during construction activities.

Helliwell added: “We are aware that changes are being discussed with the CDM Regulations that are due to be in force in 2014/15. We believe that this will involve principal contractors having greater input as CDM coordinators in future.”

ICM membership and register application details can be found at: www.the-icm.com

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