Maintenance and repair are referred to in CDM 2015’s definition of construction work as follows:

(A) “THE CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION, CONVERSION, FITTING OUT, COMMISSIONING, RENOVATION, REPAIR, UPKEEP, DECORATION 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”, AND AT

(E) “THE INSTALLATION, COMMISSIONING, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR OR REMOVAL OF MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, GAS, COMPRESSED AIR, HYDRAULIC, TELECOMMUNICATIONS,COMPUTER OR SIMILAR SERVICES WHICH ARE NORMALLY FIXED WITHIN OR TO A STRUCTURE.”

A “structure” is then defined widely as:
(A) “ANY BUILDING, TIMBER, MASONRY, METAL OR REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE, RAILWAY LINE OR SIDING, TRAMWAY LINE, DOCK, HARBOUR, INLAND NAVIGATION, TUNNEL, SHAFT, BRIDGE, VIADUCT, WATERWORKS, RESERVOIR, PIPE OR PIPELINE, CABLE, AQUEDUCT, SEWER, SEWERAGE WORKS, GASHOLDER, ROAD, AIRFIELD, SEA DEFENCE WORKS, RIVER WORKS, DRAINAGE WORKS, EARTHWORKS, LAGOON, DAM, WALL, CAISSON, MAST, TOWER, PYLON, UNDERGROUND TANK, EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURE OR STRUCTURE DESIGNED TO PRESERVE OR ALTER ANY NATURAL FEATURE AND FIXED PLANT”

(B) “ANY STRUCTURE SIMILAR TO ANYTHING IN PARAGRAPH (A)”

(C) “ANY FORMWORK, FALSEWORK, SCAFFOLD OR OTHER STRUCTURE DESIGNED OR USED TO PROVIDE SUPPORT OR MEANS OF ACCESS DURING CONSTRUCTION WORK

The HSE have provided some clarification on what this actually means: “where maintenance activity involves construction processes, requires construction skills and uses construction materials, it is most likely to fall within the term ‘construction work’.

For further information on CDM 2015 follow the link to our online CDM Awareness training.

Sky Blue Safety Ltd do not provide maintenance services, but act as competent person to manage your facilities compliance. If you have any questions please call Neil on 01933 812234 or fill in our contact form.