The new guidelines direct the courts to consider a scale of culpability, seriousness of harm risked and likelihood to harm in order to reach a sentence.
Sometimes big changes – like the CDM 2015 regulations, sometimes smaller – like a minor amendment to an approved code of practice.
Keeping track of those changes that affect your organisation is part of the role of a health and safety professional.
The regulations aim to improve the health, safety and welfare of those in the construction industry and provide information on the responsibilities of stakeholders.
The main changes relate to the management of projects determined by changed roles and the duties of the client, including a requirement for two main duty holders for the pre-construction phase, and the replacement of the CDM Coordinator with a principal designer.
They are intended to be living documents and are occasionally updated.