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Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015

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As a Client, Principal Designer or Principal Contractor for a project you may not have the time, resourcing or competence to fully understand and comply with your duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

In such cases, it may be appropriate to appoint a CDM advisor for your project. The CDM advisor then ensures you stay complaint and undertakes vital duties on your behalf with relation to paperwork, F10 submission and monitoring the arrangements throughout the project.

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CMD Advisor

Your dedicated CDM advisor will be your single point of contact throughout the project. They will work closely with you to help ensure that you are doing everything to fulfil your duties as required by the CDM 2015 Regulations.

Site Health & Safety Surveys

Your CDM advisor will undertake an initial visit to the proposed construction site to ascertain existing health and safety issues, and to identify where further information will be required prior to the start of construction.

Pre Construction Information

Following a survey of the site, a report will be prepared for inclusion in the pre‑construction information, detailing potential health and safety issues identified using existing surveys and reports.

F10 Management

We will ensure that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is notified as appropriate, and that this notification is managed for the lifetime of your project.

Review construction phase plan

We will liaise with the principal contractor to ensure a suitable Construction Phase Plan is produced to enable work to begin on site.

Health and safety file

All Health and Safety documentation will be collated into the Health and Safety File, which will be managed by us and available to your team via an online portal. The file will be prepared ready for the construction and operational phases of the project.

Technical review

As your CDM Advisor, it is our concern that we ensure you have all the support you need, we will undertake a full review of all H&S, design documents and drawings and provide you with advice and comments

Design team meetings

Your CDM advisor will attend design meetings and offer CDM and health and safety expertise. They can assist designers in identifying health and safety risks and provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’, a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction.

Construction phase plan

The Construction Phase Plan is prepared in consultation with the principal contractor to ensure that it is appropriate for the project, and is reviewed at health and safety site visits.

Site inspections and monitoring visits

Your CDM advisor will undertake regular site inspections to review any existing and potential health and safety risks, whilst ongoing site health checks will reassure the client that the principal designer is managing health and safety on site appropriately.

Documentation review

Your CDM advisor will review health and safety information relating to your site to help ensure that documents are suitable and sufficient for the project. If these are not in place, they will provide guidance on the changes required.

Your dedicated CDM advisor will be your single point of contact throughout the project. They will work closely with you to help ensure that you are doing everything to fulfil your duties as required by the CDM 2015 Regulations.

Your CDM advisor will undertake an initial visit to the proposed construction site to ascertain existing health and safety issues, and to identify where further information will be required prior to the start of construction.

Following a survey of the site, a report will be prepared for inclusion in the pre‑construction information, detailing potential health and safety issues identified using existing surveys and reports.

We will ensure that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is notified as appropriate, and that this notification is managed for the lifetime of your project.

We will liaise with the principal contractor to ensure a suitable Construction Phase Plan is produced to enable work to begin on site.

All Health and Safety documentation will be collated into the Health and Safety File, which will be managed by us and available to your team via an online portal. The file will be prepared ready for the construction and operational phases of the project.

As your CDM Advisor, it is our concern that we ensure you have all the support you need, we will undertake a full review of all H&S, design documents and drawings and provide you with advice and comments

Your CDM advisor will attend design meetings and offer CDM and health and safety expertise. They can assist designers in identifying health and safety risks and provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’, a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction.

The Construction Phase Plan is prepared in consultation with the principal contractor to ensure that it is appropriate for the project, and is reviewed at health and safety site visits.

Your CDM advisor will undertake regular site inspections to review any existing and potential health and safety risks, whilst ongoing site health checks will reassure the client that the principal designer is managing health and safety on site appropriately.

Your CDM advisor will review health and safety information relating to your site to help ensure that documents are suitable and sufficient for the project. If these are not in place, they will provide guidance on the changes required.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

As a client (commercial) your duties are to appoint (in writing) a principal designer and a principal contractor, if there is more than one contractor involved. If you do not make the appointments then these duties will fall to you as the client.

As a client (domestic) you are not required to carry out the duties placed on commercial clients. Where the project involves: only one contractor, the client duties must instead be carried out by the contractor as well as the duties they already have as contractor for the project. If there are more than one contractor, the client duties must be carried out by the principal contractor as well as the duties they already have as principal contractor. If the domestic client has not appointed a principal contractor then the duties of the client will be carried out by the contractor in control of the construction work.

A project is notifiable if construction work lasts longer than 30 working days AND has more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project, or exceeds 500 person days.

The PD is NOT a replacement for the CDMc – the PD manages and co-ordinates the design stage of the project. The role is to plan, manage, monitor & co-ordinate pre-construction phase and to ensure designers comply with their duties and to co-operation with client and support the client in providing Pre-Construction Information.

The PC manages and coordinates the construction stage of the project, he is also required to liaise with PD, providing information to PD relevant to H&S file and engage and communicate with the workforce.

Designer duties remain similar to those in CDM 2007 although they are required to reduce or control risks through the design process & provide risk information with design drawings, refer risks that cannot be reduced or controlled through design to the PD and set a clear hierarchy for design risk management .

Like the designer, contractors’ duties remain similar to those in CDM 2007 although additional requirements include – plan, manage and monitor their construction work, comply with directions given by PD or PC and also draw up a Construction Phase Plan (CPP) even if they are the only contractor.

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