While health and safety during demolition is the responsibility of the contractor of a construction site, there is still a role that a designer can play in removing risk. We’ve provided an overview of the health and safety aspects to consider during demolition below but this is no replacement for our full CDM 2015 Guidance on Demolition which is available for download.

Demolition hazards

It goes without saying that demolition is a high-risk activity. This includes hazards to both workers and the general public. It is vital to ensure that clear information is given about access to the site, and the dangers that are located throughout it.

Designers should obtain as much information as possible to help contractors plan safe demolitions. This includes site and structural information.

Temporary situations

Demolition can create temporary situations that are hazardous and should also be considered when working with a contractor on a site.

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Other useful SID CDM 2015 Guidance:

  • Asbestos survey and management
  • Lead-based paint survey and management
  • Crane information
  • Noise management
  • Fall prevention by design
  • Hazards associated with materials
  • Refurbishment