Construction (Design and Management) Regulations – CDM 2015

CDM 2015 can be a complex procedure. Craven Safety Services can help, by offering the client the CDM Advisor role. We will assist the client with their duties, planning, managing, co-ordinating and monitoring the Pre-Construction Phase.  In addition to the advice, we can also provide site files to help you manage your Health & Safety on your construction site.  This will include a Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan. This Plan is the most important strategic management tool in safeguarding Health and Safety on construction sites. Above all this is designed to assist the principal contractor in the day-to-day management of all Health and Safety issues throughout the construction process.

What is the purpose of CDM 2015?

Above all the regulations are designed to ensure that no one is harmed whilst carrying out the works and that the building is safe to use and maintain. Your project needs to be well managed with effective planning, resulting in fewer problems and costs incurred.

The regulations apply to both Domestic and Commercial Clients having construction work done.  First of all you must appoint the right people at the right time.  If more than one contractor is involved you need to appoint a Principal Contractor and a Principal Designer.

Principal Designers should help plan, manage and co-ordinate the planning and design stage and must be appointed early.

CDM 2015

What needs to be done?

• Put in place arrangements for managing and organising the project.

• Allow adequate time for the project to be designed, planned and carried out properly.

• Provide information to the right people at the right time.

• Communication with the project team must be ongoing.

• Put in place a Construction Phase Plan and provide adequate welfare facilities for the site.

• A Health and Safety file needs to be compiled at the end of the project.

• You must protect members of the public as well as your employees.

• Workplaces need to be designed correctly.

• The HSE may need to be notified of the project.

Why Comply?

Serious breaches of Health and Safety legislation could result in the HSE stopping all work on site, HSE charging their fee for intervention or in a worst case scenario they may decide to prosecute. The HSE fee for Intervention can be in excess of £124.00 per hour.

HSE Links for further guidance

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Guidance on Regulations
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l153.htm

A short guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.htm

Construction Phase Plan
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis80.pdf

Health and Safety in Construction
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg150.htm

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