Care home buildings require routine renewal and repair as part of their everyday maintenance and upkeep. Many smaller-scale activities, such as decorating, routine maintenance and the clearing of gutters, may be carried out by care home staff or by local contractors.

However, care home buildings also occasionally need demolition, replacement, re-building or expansion as part of the growth, improvement and modernisation of a care home.

Building, refurbishment and construction work will invariably be carried out by contractors and will be subject to the special requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).

This topic explains the requirements of the regulations and how care home managers can ensure the health and safety of staff and service users when construction work is being carried out in the care home.

During the Covid-19 pandemic additional safety measures will be required for any construction or maintenance projects as part of care sector efforts to limit virus transmission and protect vulnerable service users. Measures will vary from home to home but will include tight restrictions for contractors on access to residential care sites and policies on the wearing of masks or face coverings.

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