It is the location of the construction project that determines whether CDM applies. CDM does not apply outside Britain – ie England, Scotland and Wales – except for activities covered by the Application Outside Great Britain Order.
Other European Union (EU) member states (including Republic of Ireland) will have very similar legislation to CDM since this will be based on the EU’s Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive. Outside the EU local requirements may not correspond to EU requirements. Workers employed in Britain and sent overseas can seek to negotiate for the maintenance of health and safety standards equivalent to those of the EU in their contracts of employment. Workers employed outside the EU are advised to clarify the health and safety standards that will apply.