The Construction Regulations 2015 Advice
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. The main aim of the regulations is to improve health and safety in the construction industry.
CDM 2015 applies to any construction work undertaken regardless of the size or the length of the project.
The changes from CDM 2007 to CDM 2015 were substantial and the 2015 CDM Regulations introduced several new duties that Clients are directly responsible for and which it is a legal requirement to comply with.
We provide both advice and assistance to ensure that all duties and specifically Client duties on a construction project are managed and fully discharged.
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 the role of the CDM Co-ordinator (CDM-C) has been replaced, in part, by a new role the ‘Principal Designer’.
Where there is more than one contractor, or if it is reasonably foreseeable that more than one contractor will be working on a project at any time, the client must appoint a Principal Designer to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. This includes;
- Identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks
- Ensuring designers carry out their duties
- Prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders
- Provide relevant information to the principal contractor to help plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the construction phase.
We have experience of undertaking the role of Principal Designer on a wide range of construction projects. We will ensure that all of the Principal Designer duties are discharged in full accordance with CDM 2015.