By Warren Dodds
The six-month transition period from the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 over to the 2015 Regulations ends today, the 6th of October.
With this in mind, please ensure all your projects satisfy the following criteria;
- If all of the pre-construction health and safety considerations have been undertaken by your existing CDM Coordinator (CDMC) and the only remaining duty for the CDMC is to complete the Health and Safety File, then the existing CDMC appointment can be wound down, with the Principal Contractor being allowed to complete the Health and Safety File.
- If the pre-construction health and safety considerations continue beyond the 6th of October, and more than one contractor is appointed, or is likely to be appointed, then a Principal Designer will be required. This could be your existing CDM Coordinator, if they meet the requirements of the role under CDM 2015.
The revised regulations place greater legal duties upon the client. The only duty holder under CDM 2015 that is required is to adequately control the risks to the health and safety from inception to completion of those who may be affected by the works. These duties include;
- Appointing a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor where more than one contractor is to be appointed, or is likely to be appointed.
- Providing Pre-Construction Information.
- Ensuring a Construction Phase Plan is produced before construction commences.
- Ensuring a draft Health and Safety File is prepared before construction commences.
- Providing notification of the project when the construction phase exceeds either;
- 30 working days and have more than 20 workers on site, or
- 500 person days.
The CDM Regulations apply to all construction projects in Great Britain, with the vast majority requiring the input of a Principal Designer.
Cundall offers the Principal Designer service through their in-house CDM Consultancy, which is ran by Warren Dodds, and who is happy to be of assistance at any time on 07818642443 or firstname.lastname@example.org