Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM), clients must ensure that they are fulfilling their role and responsibilities on ALL construction projects.
As expert and professional CDM Co-ordinators, we take a proactive approach to all our commissions. We work together with the project team in identifying and dealing with hazards in a collaborative manner from the earliest possible stage in the project. We strongly believe that this is the key to our effectiveness in ensuring that 'buildability' and 'maintainability' issues are 'built in' to the project from the outset.
We not only provide a full CDM Co-ordinator service for projects requiring notification under CDM, but also offer a simple and cost-effective solution to dealing with smaller projects.
Our CDM team has grown rapidly because of a reputation for meeting and exceeding clients' expectations. We have developed new systems to cover the more onerous requirements for smaller schemes.
» H & S Information and Plans (click to show/hide)
Over the years since the introduction of CDM in 1995, we have developed an efficient and effective means of collating pre-construction information and presenting this to the Contractor.
In collating this information, we work with design team and other project stakeholders to develop a 'hazard register' which is updated as the project progresses. This is an HSE-preferred method of identifying and dealing with hazards. It provides a working record which enables us to present our pre-construction information (pre-tender health and safety plan prior to the 2007 regulations) in a clear and succinct manner.
On non-notifiable projects, we offer a 'small works plan' option. This is an often overlooked aspect introduced in the 2007 regulations, where clients now have obligations to ensure contractors' arrangements are in place prior to the contractor commencing on site, even for projects lasting 30 days or less on site We offer a simple and cost-effective system for dealing with these projects and this has proved to be very effective and popular with clients.
We also have a service for preparation of construction phase plans for contractors.
» Health and Safety Files and Building Manuals (click to show/hide)
From the outset, we have seen the importance of the Health & Safety File as a crucial record of each project as carried out on site.
To address this, we have a dedicated team of highly experienced and trained File Managers whose sole task is to collate information into these documents.
This has distinct advantages in that it allows:
- CDM Co-ordinators to concentrate on pre-construction issues
- H&S Files are compiled without distraction as the project progresses
- Documentation can be made available for any specified deadline, including handover or practical completion
- We believe in a pro-active approach, providing a service that continually exceeds client expectations
More recently, we have extended this service to include collation of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals and Building Manuals to provide clients with a useful single point of reference for all future maintenance and similar works on site.
» Digital Format (click to show/hide)
Scott White and Hookins also specialises in preparing documents electronically.
This has the following advantages:
- It minimises storage space for bulky files
- It allows documents to be added to a server, website or 'extranet'
- It avoids loss of individual pages or drawings
- drawings can be saved in any suitable format (e.g.CAD)
- It can be applied to any project documentation.
This is generally applied to building manuals, health and safety files and operation and maintenance manuals, but can be applied to any documentation.
The files are copied or scanned to pdf format onto CD Rom disks, although if required any standard format can be used.
» Competency Assessments (click to show/hide)
Under the CDM regulations, clients are required to ensure the competence of all designers and principal contractors working on their construction projects. The requirements have been further enhanced by the 2007 regulations.
We have a standard system of assessing the competence of organisations and individuals within organisations alike. This is based on recommended formats and guidelines provided by the HSE and similar organisations and together with our own experience provides a robust and trustworthy system for competency assessment.