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.