The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015) came into force in 2015. They replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM2007) and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 (CHSW). The key aim of CDM2015 is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together.
Except where the project is for a domestic client, HSE must be notified of projects where construction work is expected to:
(a) last more than 30 working days; or
(b) involve more than 500 person days, for example 50 people working for over 10 days.
The client has one of the biggest influences over the way a project is run. In the case of notifiable projects, clients must appoint a competent Principal Designer. Those clients without construction expertise should rely on the Principal Designer’s advice on how best to meet their duties, but the Principal Designer will need the client’s support and input to be able to carry out their work effectively. The client remains responsible for ensuring that client duties are met.
For notifiable projects, the client must appoint a competent, adequately resourced Principal Designer as soon as practicable after initial design work or other preparations for construction work have begun.
PWH have extensive experience in all aspects of Health & Safety in construction across a wide range of projects. As a practice we also have principle members who are registered members of the Association for Project Safety (APS).
A summary of the duties for notifiable projects and how they are applied is shown below: