Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015

So what is the purpose of CDM?

  • That no one will be harmed while construction work’s getting carried out, and that the building’s safe to use and maintain in the future.

Who does it apply to?

  • Domestic and commercial clients having construction work done.

So what do you need to do to comply?

  • Notify the HSE where applicable. Appoint the right people at the right time. Manage the project.
  • Make sure there’s sufficient time. Do a construction phase plan. If more than one contractor is involved, you need to appoint a principal contractor and a principal designer and at the end of the project, make sure the health and safety file is done.
  • It’s quite a complex procedure, and if you need any help there’s lots of information on our website, or please do give me a call.

CDM Advisor Role

The CDM Advisor advises all the key roles from Principal Designer to Principal Contractor on how to discharge their duties.

A CDM Advisor can help prepare a client project brief, advise on health and safety risks, and content of the pre-construction information.

Advise Principal Contractors on the construction phase plan and also prepare the health and safety file, and notify HSE.

So if you aren’t confident in CDM, or you’re a busy Principal Contractor or Designer who needs to focus on getting the job done, a CDM Advisor can help you achieve legislative compliance.

Principal designer

But what are the roles and responsibilities of a principal designer?

Let me take a minute to explain.

Primarily, the role of the principal designer is to plan, manage and co-ordinate the pre-construction phase.

This is done by providing help and advice to the client and ensuring all pre-construction information is in place, and to provide this information to all designers and clients on the project.

Working with the design team to help eliminate all foreseeable risks.

Where this cannot be done, these risks are to be reduced or controlled instead.

Ensuring that all the design team communicates and cooperates, coordinating work where required and finally, to liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase.

As you can see, the principal designer role is not a complex one, however should you require assistance in being compliant, do not hesitate to get in touch.

The duties of the principal contractor as part of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

The main duty of the principal contractor is to plan, manage, monitor, and co-ordinate health and safety so that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the work is completed safely.

In doing so, the principal contractor has to consider the principles of prevention when organising and co-ordinating health and safety, as well as ensuring that others involved also do the same.

The principal contractor also has to prepare a construction phase plan before construction starts, and ensure induction takes place, the site is secure, there are suitable welfare facilities, and workers are consulted with.

The principal contractor also has to share information and co-ordinate with other duty holders, such as the principal designer.

The principal contractor is a key role as part of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.