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CDM and Health & Safety

    The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015) came into force in 2015, with the key aim to integrate health and safety into the management of a project and to encourage everyone involved to work together.

    HSE must be notified of projects where construction work is expected to:

    (a) last more than 30 working days and have more than 20 people working simultaneously at any point in the project; or

    (b) involve more than 500 person days, for example 50 people working for over 10 days.

    In the case of notifiable projects, clients must appoint a competent Principal Designer as soon as practicable after the initial design work. 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.

    PWH has 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 Principal Designer*
    • Appoint principal contractor*
    • Make sure that the construction phase does not start unless there are suitable welfare facilities and a construction phase plan in place
    • Provide information relating to the health and safety file to the Principal Designer.
    • Retain and provide access to the health and safety file (* There must be a Principal Designer.and principal contractor until the end of the construction phase)

    Principal Designer 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 Principal Designer 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 2015 regulations.

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