Spotlight - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. CDM 2015

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. CDM 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations CDM Regulations are changing in April 2015!

The new 2015 regulations intend build on current UK construction health and safety standards to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced. Following on from changes made in the 2007 Regulations, the new regulations are a substantial revision and will come into force on Monday 6th April 2015.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. CDM 2015

What are the changes?

  1. Significant structural simplification of the Regulations.
  2. The role of “CDM Coordinator” is to be replaced by a new role called the “Principal Designer” Appointment will be required where more than one contractor will be working on a project at any time.
  3. Removal of the domestic client exemption with the duties falling to the contractor or Principal Contractor where more than one is on site. (These duties will be transferred to the Principal Designer (where applicable) or Principal Contractor).
  4. Removal of competence requirements and replaces with a requirement for appropriate training and skills.
  5. The project notification threshold will change, meaning the majority of small to medium size projects will no longer be notified to HSE.
  6. Replacement of the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) with a much smaller ACoP supported with guidance for the five duty-holders.
  7. Subtle changes to the wording of Designer and Principal Contractor duties to make these duties more absolute.

How will this affect me?

» If you are a client

You will need to appoint a Principal Designer from the existing design team, usually the lead consultant or architect. You must also appoint a Principal Contractor.

The trigger for the appointment of a Principal Designer will no longer be dependent on whether the project is notifiable to the HSE, but required where more than one contractor is anticipated on site.

If you do not make these appointments, you will be deemed, as the Client, to be taking on these roles yourself.


» If you are a designe

If you are appointed as ‘Principal Designer’ (PD) by a client, then you will be required to carry out most of the duties currently dealt with by the CDM Coordinator. This includes:

  • Pre-construction H&S Coordination;
  • Preparation/collation of the Pre-Construction Information (PCI);
  • Preparation/collation and issue of the H&S File (HSF) at the end of the project;
  • Other duties

If you are a design practice and don’t have the necessary in-house expertise to fulfil the CDM/H&S aspects of the new Principal Designer Role then SWH can help you by offering a consultancy service, as part of your own team, to provide this expertise and carry out the CDM role on your behalf.


» If you are a contracto

  • For domestic clients where no Principal Designer is appointed, you will be required to assume the duties of the PD (including PCI and HSF).
  • You will need a Construction Phase Plan for ALL projects irrespective of project size or duration.

The wide ranging CDM-PD responsibilities go beyond the current co-ordinator function, embracing a ‘management’ role beyond that of the current CDM-C and includes the provision of Pre-construction Information and preparation of the H&S file.

How can we help?

Scott White and Hookins have been providing CDM consultancy to clients, designers and contractors since 1995. We will continue to provide CDM consultancy services building on our 19 years’ experience of the CDM Regulations in their various guises (Planning Supervisor > CDM Co-ordinator > Principal Designer).

  • We can provide tailor-made solutions to ALL your CDM needs, based on over twenty years in the CDM business.
  • Our team of CDM Advisors are all from construction background. We know and understand the ‘buildability’ and similar issues faced by designers and contractors alike.
  • Additionally, we have an experienced team of specialist ‘File Compilers’, dedicated to the task of compiling health and files and other construction documentation.
  • We can also offer a cost-effective ‘Cloud-based’ system for controlling large numbers of smaller projects, such as maintenance projects, which will now come under the full remit of CDM.

If you are interested in a free, no obligation CDM briefing or require further information, please contact:

London Office Graham Barber 020 8773 3131 cdm2015@swh.co.uk
Winchester Office Piers Westlake 01962 844 855 cdm2015@swh.co.uk
Bedford Office John O’Gorman 01234 213 111 cdm2015@swh.co.uk

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