CDM

CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN & MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS

It is Company policy to ensure that the risk from all construction and demolition work is assessed prior to any site visits. The objective is to ensure that, in so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all people affected will be protected.

As a business we will provide advice on the Building Regulations but this does not constitute design work under the CDM Regulation.

Whilst the CDM Regulations only apply to us in general terms (Attending site inductions, wearing the appropriate PPE and taking safety instructions from the Principal Contractor) it is important that we understand the roles of the duty holders. These are detailed below.

CLIENT

A ‘client’ is anyone having construction or building work carried out as part of their business. This could be an individual, partnership or company and includes property developers or management companies for domestic properties.

CDM CO-ORDINATOR

A ‘CDM co-ordinator’ has to be appointed to advise the client on projects that last more than 30 days or involve more than 500 person days of construction work. The CDM co-ordinator’s role is to advise the client on health and safety issues during the design and planning phases of construction work. In particular their role is to:

  1. Advise and assist the client with their duties
  2. Notify the HSE
  3. Co-ordinate health and safety aspects of design work and cooperate with others involved with the project
  4. Facilitate good communication between client, designers and contractors
  5. Liaise with the Principal Contractor regarding design changes
  6. Identify, collect and pass on pre-construction information
  7. Prepare and update the health and safety file

DESIGNER

Designers are those who prepare design drawings, specifications, bills of quantities and specify articles and substances. They could include architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. They should;

  1. Carry out Design Risk Assessments to ensure that hazards are eliminated or controlled during the construction, use and demolition of the building
  2. Provide information about residual risks
  3. Liaise with the CDM Co-ordinator on design issues
  4. Provide any information needed for the health and safety file

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR

A Principal Contractor has to be appointed for projects that last more than 30 days or involve 500 person days of construction work. The Principal Contractor’s role is to plan, manage and co-ordinate health and safety while construction work is being undertaken. The principal contractor is usually the main or managing contractor for the work. Their role is to:

  1. Plan, manage and monitor the construction phase
  2. Co-ordinate the activities of all people involved in the construction phase
  3. Prepare, develop, implement and distribute a written Construction Phase Plan and Site Rules (Initial plan completed before the construction phase begins)
  4. Check the competence of all Contractors prior to awarding contracts
  5. Carry out risk assessments for all our work and prepare Method Statements where necessary
  6. Ensure that Contractors carry out risk assessments and prepare Method Statements, where necessary
  7. Make sure suitable welfare facilities are provided from the start and maintained throughout the construction phase
  8. Ensure all workers have site inductions and any further information and training needed for the work
  9. Consult with workers
  10. Liaise with the CDM co-ordinator regarding on-going design
  11. Provide any information needed for the health and safety file
  12. Secure the site

CONTRACTOR

A ‘contractor’ in the terms of this policy is a business that is involved in construction, alteration, maintenance or demolition work. Their role is to:

  1. Plan, manage and monitor their own work
  2. Check the competence of all their appointees and workers
  3. Train their employees
  4. Provide information to their workers
  5. Comply with the specific requirements in Part 4 of the Regulations
  6. Ensure there are adequate welfare facilities for their workers
  7. Co-operate with the Principal Contractor in planning and managing the work and they should take reasonable instructions and follow the site rules
  8. Provide details to the Principal Contractor of any contractor whom he engages in connection with carrying out the work
  9. Provide any information needed for the health and safety file
  10. Inform the Principal Contractor of any problems with the plan
  11. Inform the Principal Contractor of reportable accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences