On the 6th April 2015, The Construction
(Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) replaced CDM 2007. The
regulations govern the management of health, safety and welfare for
The concept of the new regulations is to bring health and safety design management for
construction and future maintenance into the design team which will be the
prime responsibility of the Principal Designer. The Principal Designer
must carry out the majority of the former CDM Coordinator functions including the
gathering and dissemination of Pre-construction Information and
development/issue of the Health and Safety File.
At Eurosafe UK
we have over 20 years’ experience of discharging the duties of first the
Planning Supervisor role under CDM 1994, followed by the CDM Coordinator role
under CDM 2007. We can continue to support Clients with their duties and
assist designers who will discharge the new role of Principal Designer under
Our Client CDM
Consultant service includes advice on ensuring contractors and designers have
adequate skills, knowledge, experience, training and organisational capability,
providing advice and assistance with ensuring the Principal Designer and
Principal Contractor are undertaking their duties effectively by means of
Construction Phase Plan reviews, design risk reviews and site safety
Consultant service to Principal Designers includes support in pulling
pre-construction information together and ensuring it is disseminated to
relevant parties, assistance on the design risk management process using the
elimination, reduce and control model, general construction health and safety
advice for the duration of a project and development/issue of the Health and
Safety File to the Client at the end of the project.
Over the last few years Eurosafe UK have acted as CDM
Coordinator on over 8,000 different projects for a variety of Clients. These
projects have ranged from large new build schemes in busy city centres to small
refurbishments of pubs, restaurants and shops; from complex asbestos removal
contracts to data cabling installations; and from major demolition to upmarket
fit-outs for financial institutions. Therefore we have the knowledge,
experience, skills and resources to assist the various duty holders under the
newly introduced regulations.
Below is a summary of the key requirements and
duties within the regulations.
The Role of
Clients are to make suitable arrangements for
managing a project and maintaining and reviewing them for the project duration,
so it is carried out in a way that manages health and safety risks. For
projects involving more than one Contractor, these regulations require the Client
to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor and
to make sure they carry out their duties.
The Client must
ensure that these arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the
project. The Client must also ensure that before the construction phase
begins, a construction phase plan is drawn up by the Contractor if there is
only one Contractor, or by the Principal Contractor if more than one
Contractor is involved.
The Client must
take reasonable steps to ensure that the Principal Designer complies
with all of the Principal Designer duties in the regulations and the Principal
Contractor complies with all other Principal Contractor duties in
of Principal Designer and Principal Contractor
Where there is
more than one Contractor, or if it is reasonably foreseeable, that more than
one contractor will be working on a project, the Client must appoint in
designer with control over the pre-construction phase as Principal Designer;
contractor as Principal Contractor.
appointments must be made as soon as is practicable, and in any event, before
the construction phase begins. If the Client
fails to appoint a Principal Designer, the Client must fulfil
the duties of the Principal Designer.
When is a Project Notifiable?
Regulation 6 of
CDM 2015 sets out the duty that a Client has to notify the relevant
enforcing authority of certain construction projects.
A project is
notifiable if the construction work on site is scheduled to last longer than 30
working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at
any point in the project or it exceeds 500 person days.
Where a project
is notifiable, the Client must give notice in writing to the Executive
as soon as is practicable before the construction phase begins. The Client can
request someone else do this on their behalf.
Roles of the
designer is responsible for planning, managing and monitor the co-ordination of
the pre-construction phase, including any preparatory work carried out for the
project. This includes:
the Client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction
pre-construction information to designers, Principal Contractor and contractors
that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other
with the Principal Contractor for the duration of their appointment
the Health and Safety File.
Role of the
Contractor is a key duty holder who is responsible for managing health and
safety on the construction site.
includes planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating the
construction phase so that health and safety risks are controlled. Key actions
- Planning: preparing a construction phase plan
that ensures the work is carried out without risk to health or safety
- Managing: implementing the plan, including
facilitating co-operation and co-ordination between contractors
- Monitoring: reviewing, revising and refining the
plan and checking work is being carried out safely and without risks to health
the site: taking steps
to prevent unauthorised access to the site by using fencing and other controls
making sure that facilities are provided throughout the construction phase
site inductions: giving
workers, visitors and others information about risks and rules that are
relevant to the site work and their work
on design: discussing
with the Principal Designer any design or change to a design.
apply immediately from 6th April 2015 however there is a 6 month
transitional period for projects already under-way which ends on 6th October. If a CDM Co-ordinator has already been appointed prior to 6th April 2015 then a Principal Designer does not need to be appointed until the
end of the transitional period.
information and advice please contact us