As experts in health and safety for the construction industry, Cundall has been heavily involved throughout the consultation process for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
On the 9th January, The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) released the draft guidance for CDM 2015 that is scheduled to come into effect on the 6th of April 2015.
The previous 2007 CDM regulations are being replaced to make it easier for everyone involved to understand what they need to do their job safely. The main changes, outlined in general by the HSE, are as follows:
- Principal Designer: The replacement of the CDM Coordinator (under CDM 2007) by a Principal Designer, who will have the responsibility for coordination of the Pre Construction Phase. The Client must make an appointment on projects by the 6th April 2015 where no CDMC is appointed, and by the 6th October 2015 where a CDMC appointment is already in place.
- Client: The new regulations recognise the influence and importance of the Client as the head of the supply chain, and as the party best placed to set standards throughout a project. The Client is now responsible for the F10 notification to the HSE, in place of the CDMC.
- Competence: By splitting ‘competence’ into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience, and - if they are an organisation - organisational capability, provides clarity for the industry to assess and demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project.
- The technical standards set out in part 4 remain essentially unchanged from CDM 2007 and HSE’s targeting and enforcement policy, as a proportionate and modern regulator, also remains unchanged.
For further information on CDM 2007 or 2015, or if you have any questions please contact Warren Dodds, Principal Technician / CDM Coordinator at email@example.com.