HSE agrees guidance to CDM 2015 for the landscape industry

The Landscape Institute has agreed on the extent of the application of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to landscape works and landscape maintenance works with the Health and Safety Executive.

Site safety. Image: MorgueFile
Site safety. Image: MorgueFile

Guidance on the application of the regulations to hard and soft landscape remains the same, but the revised guidance includes several new statements. These include:

  • "The HSE has advised that where good health and safety practice is being followed the differences between a project where the CDM Regulations apply and one where they do not are likely to be minimal."
  • "When soft landscape work is part of a construction project, unless the soft landscape work can be segregated from the 'construction work' physically or by time, it will be part of the construction project. Therefore, although there will be no duties under the CDM Regulations associated with the soft landscape work, there will be duties relating to health and safety on the construction site."
  • The threshold for appointing a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor in CDM 2015 is whether more than one contractor will be required on site at any one time, and the definition of contractor includes sub-contractors. The guidance states that "if there will be two (or more) contractors only one of whom is doing 'construction work' then there is only one contractor in terms of the CDM Regulations, whether one is a sub-contractor to the other or not."

Mark Turnbull, chair of the Landscape Institute's technical committee, said: "Agreeing standard guidance on the application of the CDM Regulations to the landscape industry is just part of the Landscape Institute's continuing commitment to producing JCLI Standard Form Contracts for landscape work and landscape maintenance work in Great Britain.

"Such guidance benefits the whole of the landscape industry not just those using the contracts. JCLI matters are dealt with by the Institute's Technical Committee which welcomes opportunities to work with others such as HSE to further the interests of the landscape industry."

The JCLI Amendments to accommodate CDM 2015 and the revised guidance are available here.

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