What is CDM?
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare on construction projects. These regulations are regularly updated, with the latest change taking effect in April 2015. Every business in the construction sector is required to take these statutory health and safety obligations seriously.
The CDM Regulations applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. The CDM Regulations place responsibility for managing health and safety of a construction project on three main duty holders, these being the Client, Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor.
The overall aim of the Regulations is to make health and safety an essential and integral part of the planning and management of projects, so as to reduce the health and safety risks of those who work on building projects, those who will use new structures as a work place, or others who may work on the new structure once it’s complete.
CDM Consultant to the Client?
A Client under the CDM Regulations is defined as anyone for whom a construction project is carried out. The definition includes both commercial and domestic Clients.
Commercial Clients are those whose project is associated with a business or other undertaking; whether for profit or not. If you are having construction work done, the CDM Regulations 2015 place a number of specific duties on you, as a Construction Client. The extent of these duties will be dependent upon the type, nature and complexity of the project. For many projects you will need a CDM Advisor/Consultant to help you comply with these duties.
Our goal is to provide you with professional advice, guidance and ongoing support throughout your project!
CDM Consultant to the Principal Designer?
The appointment of a Principal Designer by the Client will be required on all projects where more than one trade Contractor is working. By default, Clients retains this role unless they make an appointment in writing.
The Principal Designer has a significant role to manage, plan, coordinate and monitor health and safety information during the pre-construction phase of the project. The CDM Regulations imply that it is the Lead Designer or the person/organisation who is in control of the design phase that should take on this role.
Whoever takes on the role of Principal Designer, the Client must ensure that they appoint or engage with those who have sufficient health and safety skills, training, knowledge and experience; this may involve the use of a CDM Consultant to provide assistance. Should the Client decide to retain this role, Marpal can certainly help and assist with compliance.
CDM Consultant to the Principal Contractor?
Where there is more than one trade contractor working on a project, the Client is required to appoint a Principal Contractor; this will be the case on most projects. The Principal Contractor’s role is principally, to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase of the project and to co-ordinate matters relating to health and safety with others on site.
There are a number of specific duties imposed on the Principal Contractor, some of these include:
- Preparing the Construction Phase Plan and keep it up to date during the project
- Ensuring welfare provisions are provided in accordance with schedule 2
- Providing suitable inductions to every worker/visitor
- Taking reasonable steps to prevent unauthorised access
- Providing the right management and supervision
- Engaging with contractors and workers
- Monitoring health and safety standards and control measures
- Contribute to the Health and Safety File
Marpal can assist you as Principal Contractor by providing health and safety advice, and: –
- Developing Construction Phase Plans
- Reviewing method statements and risk assessments
- Preparing Construction Phase Fire Risk Assessments
- Undertaking Site Safety Inspections
- Checking the competence of those you may consider appointing
- Developing policies and procedures
- Preparing Health & Safety Files
- Preparing Building Operation and Maintenance Manuals
Having access to sound health and safety advice and assistance can be a cost-effective way of improving standards and enhancing your reputation!