CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force from 6 April 2015 replacing the previous version CDM Regulations 2007.

Principal Designer

The main change in the CDM Regulations 2015 is the replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator role (created under CDM 2007) with the new Principal Designer (PD) role. The Principal Designer will be responsible for co-ordinating the pre-construction phase of the project.

Although very similar to the role of a CDMC there are specific duties allocated to PD. Many designers find themselves challenged by a role that they do not fully understand and is not part of their normal duties and works.


What we offer

Here at Simple Safety Advice we can offer the role of independent Principal Designer or, as we are finding more often, we work in partnership with designers to provide them with the safety and construction support they require to fulfil their duties. Due to the new clients’ duties, both domestic and commercial, our advice and guidance is used by the whole team to ensure legal compliance.

We offer a range of services to support the site from the outset of planning to completion and safety file including:-

  • Principal Designer – as PD we can offer an independent service that covers the client’s liabilities and legal requirements ensuring a project is set up in a way that ensures adequate safety standards and compliance
  • Construction Support Specialist – due to our extensive knowledge of the Construction Industry and training as safety providers, we are currently working in partnership with a range of designers using our expertise to address any safety concerns that are identified within a project
  • Designers’ Risks – We validate and work with designers to ensure they have addressed their legal duties in risk assessing a project and ensuring the right information is issued to the Principal Contractor
  • Validation of Principal Contractor’s documentation – part of our role either as PD or as a Construction Support Specialist is to ensure that the documentation issued by the various contractors is to the required standards
  • Construction Phase Plans – working with the contractor we can generate all the required paperwork or documented procedures they require to operate a safe site
  • Audit, Inspection, Site Support – Our Team conduct regular audits to ensure the upkeep of legal standards and work in partnership with the management team to assist in improving systems, standards and knowledge across the entire workforce. We can provide guidance on eg statutory inspections, permits to dig, crane lifts and other key areas that can be considered as high risk

Our service is tailored to each project to make this cost effective and ensure that there are no unnecessary procedures or documentation generated. Our team ensures that the legal obligations are clearly defined and all those within the project are fully aware of their duties.


When you undertake construction projects

The new regulations govern the management of health, safety and welfare when undertaking construction projects, regardless of size, duration or nature of the work.

Organisations or individuals can be one or more duty holder for a project.

The main dutyholders are:

  • Clients (people for whom a construction project is carried out)
  • Domestic clients (people who have projects carried out on their own or family homes that is not part of a business)
  • Designers (people who as part of a business prepare/modify designs for a building/project)
  • Principal designers (designers appointed by the client in projects involving more than one contractor)
  • Principal contractors (contractors appointed by the client to co-ordinate the construction phase of a project where it involves more than one contractor)
  • Contractors (those who do the actual construction work and can be either an individual or a company)
  • Workers (the people who work for or under the control of contractors on the site)

There are 5 key elements to securing Construction Health & Safety:-

  1. Applying the principles of prevention in order to manage the risks
  2. Appointing the right people at the right time to do specific jobs/tasks
  3. Making sure everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out their jobs safely
  4. Dutyholders co-operating and communicating with each other and co-ordinating the works
  5. Consulting with workers and engaging with them to promote and develop effective measures/strategies to secure their health, safety and welfare

At Simple Safety Advice we will be able to help and advise you with regard to the new regulations and the changes it will mean for all our clients.

We are able to offer a full service and support you with any construction project ensuring you comply with your duties and have safe working practices in place for yourself and all your team/clients.

Those who break health & safety laws are liable for payment of “Fees for Intervention” by the HSE and the fines that you could incur far outweigh the cost and time that you would use our services to set up and run a project successfully.

You cannot afford to miss out on your duties…… the construction industry is renowned for its construction-related accidents and ill-health. Do not become one of the statistics!

If you are unsure or worried about any of these changes, just give us a call for some friendly and simple advice!

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