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CDM ConsultancyConstruction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The CDM Regulations are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. The Regulations apply to all building and construction work which includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.

New Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6th April 2015 and supersede the existing CDM Regulations 2007, which have been withdrawn.

Key changes to the new regulations include:

  • CDM Co-ordinator role has been replaced by the new role of Principal Designer
  • Definition of a Client under CDM 2015 includes domestic projects
  • The Client must appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor on all projects with more than one 'trade' contractor on site
  • A Construction Phase Plan is required for all projects
  • The Client must notify the project to the HSE, where required
  • Simplification of the Regulations and guidance.

A primary change in CDM 2015 is the replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator by the Principal Designer. The role of the Principal Designer is to plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of health and safety in the pre-construction phase of the project, taking into account the general 'principles of prevention'.

Clients now have wider responsibilities. CDM 2015 defines a Client as anyone for whom a construction project is carried out. For the first time, CDM 2015 will apply to domestic Client projects. The Client has overall responsibility for the successful management of the project. As the Client, you must make suitable arrangements to ensure that, throughout the planning, design and construction of a project, adequate consideration is given to the health, safety and welfare of all those affected and involved in the construction work.

Our CDM Consultant can provide support and assistance to ensure that you comply with your obligations, and is able to provide advice and guidance on the new changes in CDM 2015. We have extensive experience, enabling us to provide sound professional and competent advice on all aspects of construction health and safety matters to ensure that you are fulfilling your duties correctly under CDM 2015.

Guidance documents are available to view on the CITB's CDM Guidance Documents page.

We would be happy to come in to meet with you to explain the new obligations and promise you a competitive fee quote - pleasecontact us for further information.

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Carl Johnson, BSc (Hons) AaPS