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Changes To CDM Requirements 2015 – Part 1: The Key Changes

You might have heard that as of the 6th of April 2015 that there are new changes to the CDM regulations for health and safety. The cut-off date for current projects to comply with the new 2015 regulations is 6th of October 2015, allowing enough time for the necessary changes to be made.

CDM (or Construction, Design and Management) regulations refer to the rules which are there in place to protect everyone, from the people who will be carrying out the construction to those who will eventually populate the structure.

The new requirements are not too far removed from the 2007 regulations, they simply make things more concise and more all-encompassing when it comes to managing risk on a development. In this month’s article we’re going to run through all of the key changes to the CDM regulations.

The Key Changes In Brief

  • A new ‘principal designer’ role has been established, this individual will be involved in all design aspects and will be involved throughout the pre-construction stage.
  • What used to be the CDM Co-ordinator role will now be divided up and taken on by the Principal Designer, the client and the principal contractor. The duties previously carried out will be shared by these parties and they will also take on additional duties.
  • Clients will now hold a lot more responsibility, taking on additional duties with the charge of overseeing health and safety for the life of the project.
  • If your project is expected to take more than 30 working days to complete and uses more than 20 people or more on site at one time, then the HSE should be notified under the CDM 2015 regulations – this is a duty of the client should notification be required.
  • Where there is more than a single contractor operating on your project there should always be a principal designer. This is opposed to the old 2007 regulations which dictate only notifiable projects need to assign a CDM co-ordinator.
  • Under the new CDM 2015 regulations, the person in charge of appointing others on the project should no longer need to make checks on people before they begin work. However, they do need to be satisfied that the workers have the right skills, expertise and competence levels in order to work on the project in question.
  • These adapted and amended rules and regulations now apply for everyone commissioning a construction project. With domestic clients, different regulations apply but they must still pass on their duties to contractors or a principal designer if they don’t wish to take charge.

There is a transitional phase allowed for these regulations, this is due to the fact that when they were drawn up in January there would obviously be ongoing projects which might not conform to the regulations straight away.

Next month we’ll take a look at what some of these changes mean for clients and contractors alike. You can read more about the changes here and purchase a guide if necessary.

At Aedifice we are continually ensuring we are up-to-date with all the latest CDM regulations. When it comes to your CDM Co-ordinator we can assist you at every step, simply contact us today and we’ll be happy to help with your project, keeping you within the law and ensuring that health and safety levels are adequate.

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