CDM 2015

Construction (Design and Management) / CDM 2015 is here…

The main changes are:

  • The main duty holders in any construction project are the client, designers, contractors and workers.
  • There is no CDM-Coordinator role now – these responsibilities are covered by the principal designer and principal contractor during their respective phases.
  • Domestic clients now have responsibilities under the CDM regulations (although these can be passed on the their building contractor).
  • All clients have additional responsibilities as the head of the procurement chain and must ensure that designers and contractors consider H&S at every stage of the project.
  • A Construction Phase Plan, Pre-Construction Information and Health and Safety File are required for ALL construction projects, and should be proportionate to the hazards and complexity involved.
  • Projects must be notified to the HSE when they are over 500 man days or over 30 days with 20 workers on site at any one time.
  • Everyone involved in a project must have the relevant Skills, Training, Knowledge and Experience to carry out their role. This may include the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) for site / project managers; the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) for supervisors; and the CITB Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course for workers.
  • (Principal) Contractors must ensure adequate information, instruction and supervision, secure the site, provide a site induction and provide welfare facilities

Industry guidance for all the roles is available here.

Keep checking our website regularly for more updates and practical advice on the new Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2015.

PUWER Inspections

Make sure you regularly inspect and maintain all your work equipment. Operatives should be trained in carrying out visual inspections on a daily basis, with regular detailed (recorded) checks in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and statutory requirements.

What’s the worst that could happen… Well if it’s a mobile crane and you didn’t check the brakes…

You can find out more about equipment inspection on the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Employing competent scaffolders

The importance of employing competent scaffolders for your project…

Make sure your scaffold contractor is working in line with TG20:13 and that operatives hold CISRS cards. They should also be supervised by someone holding a gold supervisors CISRS card and the CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme.

You can find out more about CISRS and TG20:13 on the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS).

Website Updates

We’re doing a lot of work on our website and other bits and pieces on the web…

Our site has a new look which we hope will make it easier to find the information you need, and we’re making much more use of Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.