chapter  12
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Health and safety

Different countries have different regulations or codes of practice regarding health and safety in construction. In England, Scotland and Wales the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) came into force on 6 April 2007. They replaced the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM 1994) and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996 (CHSW). Their key aim is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to:

improve the planning and management of projects from the • very start; identify hazards early on, so that they can be eliminated or • reduced at the design or planning stage and the remaining risks can be properly managed; target effort where it can do the most good in terms of health • and safety; and discourage unnecessary bureaucracy.•

Except where a project is for a domestic client (a person or persons having work carried out on their own home), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must be notified of projects where construction work is expected to last more than 30 working days or involve more than 500 person-days (e.g. 50 people working for more than 10 days). This requirement clearly renders notifiable new-build sports facilities developments in England, Scotland and Wales, many extensions to existing sports buildings and some types of sports building repair, refurbishment and restoration works.