What is CDM?
Every construction project comes with legal health and safety obligations enshrined in statute. 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 term CDM covers the full spectrum of Construction, Design and Management (CDM) and is the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare on construction projects.
CDM regulations break the construction process down into two key phases:
1) The pre-construction phase, or design phase, presided over by the Principal Designer, and
2) The construction phase, when the project is actually carried out. At this stage health and safety is the responsibility of the Principal Contractor.
CDM changes you should be aware of
Principal designer: one of the most significant changes in the 2015 regulations is the replacement of the role of CDM coordinator with that of ‘Principal Designer’. This isn’t simply a change in title. A principal designer has a major role to play in managing coordinating, and proactively monitoring health and safety issues during the pre-construction phase.
CDM Consultant to the Client
A Client under the CDM Regulations 2015 is defined as anyone for whom a construction project is carried out. The definition includes both commercial and domestic Clients; however, the Regulations apply in full for Commercial Clients. The CDM Regulations makes the Client accountable for the impact their decisions and approach have on health, safety and welfare on the project.
When a construction project is being carried out, there are specific duties imposed on the Client. So as to ensure that the Client is compliant, Marpal have developed a fully comprehensive scope of service to assist Clients to comply with their health and safety duties which are imposed on them.
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, in addition to the appointment of the Principal Contractor. This ensures that clear lines of accountability and responsibility are set from the start of the project. If the Client does not appoint these roles in writing, they will become liable to fulfill the legal duties, as well as their own (as Client).
Marpal are perfectly placed to assist Principal Designers, as the majority of the Principal Designer’s duties were previously being undertaken by Marpal as CDM Co-ordinators under CDM 2007 Regulations. For further details on how we can assist, please call and speak to one of our Consultants or send us an email through our online contact form.
CDM Consultant to the Principal Contractor
Marpal provide health and safety assistance to the Principal Contractor, not only by providing health and safety advice, but also by developing Construction Phase Plans, reviewing method statements and risk assessments, undertaking site safety inspections, checking competence, developing policies and procedures, preparing Health & Safety Files as well as Building Manuals.
We offer a complete Health and Safety Service to Contractors so as to assist them in complying with their health and safety obligations. Through our experienced CDM Consultants we provide a reliable, friendly service which ensures that you comply with the law with the aim of improving health and safety standards.
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We offer you a full health and safety consultancy service to enable you to comply with your legal obligations under CDM regulations. To find out more about our service, or for a free no obligation chat with one of our consultants, give us a call today or send us an email through our online contact form.