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CDM Co-ordinator and Health & Safety

    The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM2007) come into force on 6 April 2007. They replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM94) and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 (CHSW). The key aim of CDM2007 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 CDM co-ordinator. Those clients without construction expertise should rely on the CDM co-ordinator’s advice on how best to meet their duties, but the CDM co-ordinator 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 CDM co-ordinator 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:

    Client’s duties (excluding domestic clients)

    • Appoint CDM co-ordinator*
    • Appoint principal contractor*
    • Make sure that the construction phase does not start unless there are suitable: – welfare facilities, and – 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 (* There must be a CDM co-ordinator and principal contractor until the end of the construction phase)

    CDM Co-ordinator duties

    • Advise and assist the client with their duties
    • Notify HSE
    • Co-ordinate health and safety aspects of design work and co-operate with others involved with the project
    • Facilitate good communication between client, designers and contractors
    • Liaise with principal contractor regarding ongoing design
    • Identify, collect and pass on pre-construction information
    • Prepare/update health and safety file

    Designer’s duties

    • Check CDM co-ordinator has been appointed
    • Provide any information needed for the health and safety file

    Principle Contractors, Contractors and everyone else involved in construction activities all have duties and responsibilities under the 2007 regulations.

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