Revised construction regulations could, if ignored, see retailers facing serious criminal proceedings and huge financial penalties.
A recent C-Store investigation revealed that retailers had little or no knowledge of the recently updated Construction Design Management regulations (CDM), which now places increased liability on a retailer's health and safety responsibilities during a store refit or construction operation.
Among other things, retailers are now expected to carry out detailed checks on the competency of all contractors, planning supervisors and construction workers hired for a job. They should also ensure that sufficient resources, such as time, are allocated for the project to be carried out safely.
They are also required to help prepare a detailed health and safety plan before the project starts, and to ensure that an accurate health and safety file is available for inspection upon completion.
Failure to comply with the new legislation could result in criminal proceedings with weighty fines imposed.