This is a question we’ve been increasingly asked over the past few months and the short answer is, “yes, e-permits can be used on CDM refurbishment projects.” The long answer is also a [resounding] yes.
CDM refers to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations which apply to all construction work. These health and safety regulations do apply to all construction projects including “the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance(including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure, or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure.”
Clearly refurbishment projects fit within this definition of construction projects covered by CDM 2015 (the regulations that came into force on April 6th, 2015).
e-permits is the web-based permit-to-work system that helps you ensure you have the right people, with the right skills, working to the right RAMS, in the right place at the right time. The benefits of using e-permits are described best in the video below.
Normally our clients use e-permits as the work authorisation engine of their business-as-usual, ongoing facilities work. So, how does e-permits fit with CDM refurbishment projects?
In terms of functionality, e-permits is a perfect match for CDM work of any kind, including refurbishment. Ensuring the people doing the work are competent and skilled to perform the work tasks, have the appropriate insurance cover and PPE are just part of the people equation. Ensuring that RAMS and, for example, isolations are in place as necessary and that clash checks have been done for the allocated work time are equally important. If the structure of the building is to be disturbed then supporting CAR 2012 asbestos regulations is a core feature of e-permits. All of this functionality is supported by a seamless approval and work authorisation flow.
That then only leaves the question of the finite duration of a refurbishment project and the need to use e-permits only for the duration of the project (as opposed to on an ongoing annual basis). The good news here is that we have created a commercial model that supports the finite duration of CDM refurbishment projects. For more details on that model please contact us.