Office Regulations & Health & Safety Advice

Maintaining Compliance

Office CDM, Health & Safety Definition: Broadly speaking, this area of building regulations aims to prevent avoidable accidents in the workplace that can result in injury or damage to workers’ health. You’re required to follow the guidelines by UK law. CDM stands for ‘Construction, Design & Management’,

CDM Regulations improve Health & Safety by helping businesses to sensibly plan their work so any risks involved are effectively managed and that they have the right team in place. The regulations also help the project team to cooperate & coordinate their work and have the relevant information about the risks and how they are managed. This information can then be effectively and efficiently communicated to all those who need to know and, finally, to consult and engage with site operatives about the risks and how they are being managed.

Common Misconceptions

Health & Safety is a restrictive practice onsite. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

CDM and Health & Safety is overly bureaucratic. The rule of thumb is “greater the risk the greater the weight that must be given to eliminating or reducing it”. In other words, the cloth should be cut to suit.

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Things To Have In Mind

Before you speak to your Guru:

It’s a great idea to have decided a few things in advance. Answers to the adjacent questions will help the Guru to give you the best advice in the shortest time possible. 

Don’t worry if precise details about each aren’t yet known, but the more accurate you can be, the easier it will be for the Guru to help you. 

What is the duration of the fit-out/refurbishment project?

(Example answers)

About 6 weeks …

How many people will be working onsite?

We think between 20 and 25

How many subcontractors will be appointed?

We think we’ll have 6 sub-contractors 

What is the approximate project build cost?

£100,000

Your Guru will be Jim

Jim specialises in Construction Design & Management and Health and Safety. With more than 30 years experience in the office interiors and construction sector, and with his Mechanical Engineering background, Jim brings a particular degree of practicability to his discipline. His thorough and pragmatic approach ensures that his solutions are easily understood by all involved in this complex field.

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