Maintenance and repair

We’ve provided an overview of the health and safety aspects to consider during maintenance and repair below but this is no replacement for our full CDM 2015 Guidance on Refurbishment and Suspended Access which are available for download.


Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that more than a third of construction fatalities occur on refurbishments.

Refurbishments are a hazardous maintenance activity. These projects often involve demolition and rebuilding which can come with their own risks. Old buildings with hazardous materials and refurbishments in public places can both present hazards on a maintenance project.

Our CDM 2015 Guidance covers:

  • Collapses
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Falling from height
  • Working on confined sites

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Other useful SID CDM 2015 Guidance:

  • Asbestos survey and management
  • Lead-based paint survey and management
  • Manual handling and vibration
  • Manual handling information
  • Crane information
  • Temporary works
  • Fall prevention by design
  • Demolition, dismantling and decommission

Suspended access

Suspended access equipment is commonly used by workers to clean and maintain structures make sure you incorporate it into your design.

As a designer your focus needs to extend beyond the design and construction phases of a project. Every structure requires ongoing work to maintain it and keep it clean.

Suspended access equipment is likely to feature in many projects. Whether is is permanently installed or a temporary addition, it provides a means of accessing tall building so that workers can carry out maintenance and cleaning tasks.

Your design needs to make adequate provision for suspended access equipment to be:

  • Installed safely
  • Accessed safely
  • Used, inspected and maintained safely

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Other useful SID CDM 2015 Guidance:

  • Fall prevention by design
  • Roof working