HSE to enforce CDM Regulations for the events Industry from April 2015

04/12/14, Losberger UK


The HSE announce that CDM Regulations will be enforced for the events and entertainment industry from April 2015.

To date the current CDM legislation has not included the events and entertainment industry as it has been specifically structured to apply to construction sites only. However for the last few months the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have advised that from April 2015 the new version of the CDM regulations will now apply to the events industry, it comes as part of an overall simplification of the regulations and to conform with European law.

What are CDM Regulations?

CDM regulations created in April 2007 for the construction industry in a bid to cut the disproportionately high level of fatalities and major injuries when compared with other industries. The discussions to enforce this in the events sector started 12 months ago due to the HSE’s increased interest in events following their successful management of the 2012 Olympic Games and their newly appointed position as the regulatory authority for Temporary Demountable Structures, previously managed by the local authorities.

How will CDM Regulations affect Losberger?

It comes as no surprise to us that this regulation will now be enforced in the events industry. When considering the sheer scale, diversity and quantity of temporary event structures on the market that are built each year with little or no enforcing regulations (just industry guidelines, which we know are only followed by a handful) we completely support this new legislation, for us it means those that have the associated costs with carrying out construction work safely and properly have a fair chance when competing against those who are inevitably cheaper by cutting corners. Losberger strictly follow the guidelines set out in BSEN 13782:2005; whilst currently not a legal requirement it is an industry standard with guidelines designed to be followed in full by temporary structure manufacturers and suppliers ensuring the safety of employees, the public and others at an event who could be affected by the construction and use of a Temporary Structures over 50m2.

“Losberger are more than ready for the changes” Nick Edwards MD Losberger

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What does CDM Regulations mean for the events industry?

The events industry have voiced concerns that the new regulations could be costly and a inconvenience for those businesses who manage small scale, low risk building work, who currently manage well through compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Work at Height 2005 and other similar regulations. CDM regulations will inevitably mean more training, more investments and educating event organisers, but surely this can only be a good thing? The new regulations will not only mean changes for those building the event structures it will also apply to how sites are managed and how events are run, affecting most aspects of the event industry. This could prove difficult for event organisers, it might mean that temporary structure suppliers move into more of an event management role to deal with the construction site safety issues.

The HSE realise that this will be a big learning curve across a broad spectrum of event types and event professionals that will affect the biggest and smallest of players from huge music events to wedding marquees. The good news is that they have stated the industry will be consulted with regards to helping put that guidance together, on a kind of learn as we go process. It’s also comforting to know that event experts will have a practical input into the legislation and it won’t all be down to safety professionals who may not necessarily understand the challenges event construction workers face on a day to day basis.

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