Whether you are a Client, Contractor or Designer, if you own a business in the construction industry, then you are likely to have come across the CDM Regulations. CDM stands for Construction (Design and Management) and is the main set of legislation for managing health, safety and welfare on construction projects. It is regularly updated, with the latest changes made in April 2015. This means that your company needs to ensure that it is up to date with the current regulations and abide by them when preparing for, or being in charge of a construction work.
One common question many business owners contemplate is, when do CDM regulations apply?
Which Projects Does CDM Apply Too?
This is actually a much easier question to answer than many may think. Quite simply, the answer is all of them! Every business within the construction industry is expected to comply with CDM. Under the regulations, all construction projects are bound by them in order to ensure the health and safety of workers on-site.
This means that you must comply with CDM, regardless of the type of projects you are involved with. Whether it is a new build, extension, renovation, demolition, repair or conversion, they are all covered by these regulations. It is key to note that the 2015 CDM Regulations take over from the previous 2007 version you may have previously worked to. The 2007 version only made projects bound by CDM if the project was notifiable to the Health & Safety Executive. This is no longer the case as all projects must now adhere to the guidelines set out in CDM 2015.
Who Is Responsible For Making Sure That The CDM Regulations Are Followed?
The main aim of CDM is to make Health & Safety a key part of any building project. This is naturally focused on providing a safe working environment for construction staff but is also there to make sure that buildings are safe to use, clean and maintain. Under these regulations, there are 3 main parties responsible for making sure the regulations are met – the Client, the Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor. Whatever your role, as a duty holder, you will need to make sure that the CDM Regulations are being followed.
Get The Best Advice Around CDM
Although the 2015 laws have been in place for a while now, you may still feel like you need some help in applying them correctly to your next project. To make it easier, why not let Marpal give you expert advice in this key area? Our CDM consultation service will help you get to grips with what you need to be doing on-site.
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