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CDM Consultancy

On the 6th April 2015, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) replaced CDM 2007. The regulations govern the management of health, safety and welfare for construction projects.

Virtually everyone involved in a construction project is a duty holder with legal responsibilities under CDM 2015 and as CDM Consultants we work with you to ensure that you are complying with your obligations under CDM 2015. 

Our services include:

  • Assisting the Principal Designer in planning, managing and monitoring the pre-construction phase and provision of pre-construction information.
  • Liaison with the Principal Contractor to ensure that the Construction Phase Plan is both suitable and sufficient.
  • Coordinating matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase so that, as far as reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health or safety.
  • Assisting the Principal Contractor to identify, eliminate or control risks that are foreseeable and significant.
  • Ensuring co-ordination and co-operation (in H&S terms) of all parties.
  • Preparing the H&S File during the pre-construction phase to ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments, method statements and safe systems of work are in place.
  • If required, provision of advice on:-
    • Contractor competency checks.
    • Location of services.
    • Location of drainage network.
    • Geo-thermic investigations.
    • Special hazards in the local area e.g. subsidence/settlement coal mining, flooding, ground heave/tree roots and landslip.
    • Recommendations for Condition Surveys on neighbouring properties.
    • Local community liaison with regard to site security.

Definitions of Dutyholders

Client

Anyone who has construction work carried out for them. The main duty for clients is to make sure their project is suitably managed, ensuring the health and safety of all who might be affected by the work, including members of the public.

 

CDM 2015 recognises two types of client:

 

  • Commercial clients who have construction work carried out as part of their business.
  • Domestic clients who have work done on their own home or the home of a family member. Domestic clients are not required to carry out client duties as these normally pass to other dutyholders.

Designer

An organisation or individual whose work involves preparing or modifying designs, drawings, specifications, bills of quantity or design calculations. The designer’s main duty is to eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that may arise during construction work, or in the use and maintenance of the building once built. Designers work under the control of a principal designer on projects with more than one contractor.

Principal Designer

A designer appointed by the client to control the pre-construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal designer’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when most design work is carried out. 

Principal Contractor

A contractor appointed by the client to manage the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal contractor’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when all construction work takes place.

Contractor

An individual or business in charge of carrying out construction work. Anyone who manages this work or directly employs or engages construction workers is a contractor. Their main duty is to plan, manage and monitor the work under their control in a way that ensures the health and safety of anyone it might affect. Contractors work under the control of the principal contractor on projects with more than one contractor. 

Worker

An individual who actually carries out the work involved in building, altering, maintaining or demolishing buildings or structures. Their duties include cooperating with their employer and other dutyholders, reporting anything they see that might endanger the health and safety of themselves or others.

Please contact us for further information about CDM 2015 and our CDM Consultancy Service.

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