CDM Technical Advisor

CDM 2015

Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

The HSE recently undertook a significant review of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 as, although the model of risk management embedded with CDM 2007 had become standard practice in the more organised parts of the industry, a clear case had emerged that significant changes were required at the smaller end of the industry.

The result is the revised set of regulations; CDM 2015 which seeks to cover the smaller projects, and also brings the CDM Regulations in line with the European Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD).

The key and biggest change is that the CDM Co-ordinator role would be revoked and replaced with a Principal Designer function, who would take on the majority of the current responsibilities of the CDM Coordinator. The Principal Designer is generally expected to be a client appointment from within a project design team, i.e. Architect, Structural Engineer, Services Engineer, etc., however could also potentially be a Project Manager or Client’s Agent, or existing CDM Co-ordinator where there is already one appointed on the scheme.

The new regulations came into effect as of 6th April 2015.

The Proposed Changes

Following the extensive review of the regulations, the HSE’s agenda was to try and enhance and promote risk management from the forefront of the design process, rather than as an unnecessary ‘bolt-on’ often seen as bureaucratic and costly, and of no real benefit to a project.

The regulations in their technical aspect remain largely unchanged, as these were seen to generally work industry wide when implemented correctly. It was more the way the regulations were implemented in the real world which were deemed to need changing.

The new Regulations impose some of the following changes:

– Replacement of the CDMC role with a new role – Principal Designer.

– Replacement the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).

– Removal of explicit competence requirements and replacement with a requirement for appropriate skills.

– Removal of the current domestic client’s exemption.

– Amending the trigger threshold for appointment of Principal Designer & Principal Contractor.

What will it mean for existing projects?

When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015 there will be a transitional period that will run for a period of six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015. This will cover any existing projects already in progress, before they will be required to transfer over and comply fully with CDM 2015.

Any existing formal appointments will also need to be reviewed, and the role of Principal Designer established and agreed within the project teams.

As of 6th October 2015, ALL applicable construction works must fully comply with CDM 2015.

How can Worksafe assist your projects moving forwards?

The regulations place a number of new duties onto the Principal Designers; Worksafe can as CDM Technical Advisor on projects, but be appointed via the Principal Designer rather than the client. We would seek to protect all vested interests in the project, by taking a leading role in managing health & safety aspects from the design stage through to the construction stages, and providing an on-going monitoring role during the works themselves. We can also assist with the compiling of all relevant information for the Health & Safety file as required under the Regulation 12.

Please contact us for further information