The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 place duties on clients (excluding domestic clients), designers and contractors. These duties apply to all construction projects.
Certain projects which will last more than 30 days or which will involve more than 500 person days, become notifiable under the regulations. Notifiable projects give additional duties to clients and create two further duty holders: CDM Co-ordinators and Principal Contractors.
The Constructioon (Design and Management) regulations (CDM 2007) state that the key aim is to integrate Health and safety in to the management of projects and to encourage everyone involved to work together.
The duties on Clients, Principal Contractorsand CDM Co-ordinators are summarised as follows:
All construction projects
· Check competence and resources of all appointees.
· Ensure there are suitable management arrangements for the project including welfare facilities.
· Allow sufficient time and resources for all stages.
· Provide Pre-Construction Information to designers and contractors.
Additional duties for notifiable projects
· Appoint a CDM Co-ordinator.
· Appoint a Principal Contractor.
· Ensure that the construction phase does not start unless there are suitable welfare facilities in place.
· Ensure that the construction phase does not start unless there is a suitable construction phase plan in place.
· Provide information relating to the Health and Safety file to the CDM Co-ordinator.
· Retain and provide access to the Health and Safety file.
· Improve the planning and management of projects
· Identify hazards early on, so they can be eliminated or reduced at the design or planning stage and any remaining risks can be properly managed
· Target effort to improve all aspects of Health and Safety
· Discourage unnecessary bureaucracy.
· To provide an Outline Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan with the tender submission.
· To produce the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan (which must be in place before the project starts).
· To produce information for the Health and Safety File to be passed to the CDM Co-ordinator as the work proceeds.
CDM CO-ORDINATORS – notifiable projects only
· Advise and assist the client with the above duties.
· Notify the Health and Safety Executive.
· Co-ordinate health and safety aspects of design work and co-operate with others involved in the project.
· Facilitate good communication between the client, designers and contractors.
· Liaise with the Principal Contractor regarding ongoing design.
· Identify, collect and pass on Pre-Construction Information.
· Prepare/update the Health and Safety file.
We are able to fulfil the role of CDM Co-ordinator and prepare Construction Phase Health and Safety Plans to assist our clients with all their own duties under this legislation. Contact us on 020 3411 7888 or e-mail us for further information.
DID YOU KNOW? If a client fails to appoint a CDM Co-ordinator or Principal Contractor, they will be legally liable for the duties of those roles and will be deemed to be carrying them out. There is also the possibility of expensive civil action or criminal prosecution by the HSE.