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Day 4 - Exhibitors & Stand Contractors


complex build features may put an exhibition under the provisions of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations

Today's news / blog is about assessing your compliance needs more fully. For shell schemes, 'building regulations' do not apply, though all other legal factors do. An important factor to remember is that temporary structures other than shell schemes are likely to fall under the provisions and requirements of building regulations. This will include stages, more complex/larger stands and other specially constructed temporary features.

These temporary structures are likely to fall squarely under the requiremetnts of the *Construction Design and Management Regulations. These are the regulations which apply to building projects. Your workplace will be regarded in many ways as a building site. The regulations also create specific duty holders over and above those mentioned in the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. They include CLIENT, CDM CO-ORDINATOR and PRINCIPLE CONTRACTOR. Each has specified roles and responsibilities in law.

Whether CDM applies or not, standing arrangements are of course; a full risk assessment is needed for all activities.  Suitable and sufficient safety, health and welfare arrangements must be in place for all phases of activities. These will include:- All plans and records for safe systems of work for all work taking place. Be sure that it is scheduled to take place in the right order and not 'overlapping' in a way which might create un-necessary dangers, for example working at height above other work activities or plant moving about whenother workers are in the same area.

It is incredibly important that your work is all planned and undertaken by competent people using safe systems of work and the right materials for the job. Remember to have all of your work 'signed off' by your contractors and be aware that for some temporary structures you will also need to have the work inspected and approved by independant 'structural inspectors'.

Ensure you have scale floor plan showing all aspects of layout. This is not only essential for your commercial purposes, it also shows how layour relates to visitor movements and fire safety issues for example.

Remember from the outset that you will need the approval of venue and on occasions, certain authorities what you intend to do.

* CDM Regulations will be revised in 2015. Some duty holder posts will be revised but not removed in all respects. 

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