25 June 2015 | Herpreet Grewal
The BIFM has published a guidance note on how facilities managers can follow the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
In the recently updated CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations 2015 the scope of what constitutes construction work has not been changed, but the definition of the construction work includes many FM works, such as office cabling, building refurbishments, installation, removal or maintenance of mechanical or electrical equipment attached to a building that may be considered as construction works under the regulations.
The guidance note states: "It will therefore be important for facilities managers to be familiar with their duties under these regulations, as they may be dependent on the service they carry out."
It goes on to state that FMs who organise construction to be carried out - such as arranging for the removal, installation or partitioning in preparation for the property to be let out - may be deemed as "clients", providing they are not conducting these activities on behalf of another party, and will be expected to fulfil the clients' duties under the new regulations.
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