What do the CDM 2015 regulations mean?
The CDM regulations aim to improve health and safety in the industry by ensuring you:
- enlist the help of necessary people at the correct time;
- have planned the complete project from start to finish so all risks are highlighted;
- have the correct information on how to manage these risks;
- consult other workers about the risks and how to manage them;
- cooperate and coordinate your work with others;
- communicate this information effectively to the relevant parties;
These regulations mean that almost everybody involved in construction projects has a legal duty to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
MSAFE CDM Advisor Service
To help you get to grips with CDM Regulations, having acted on over 3000 projects MSAFE have extensive experience and knowledge of all roles and requirements under the legislation.
MSAFE have worked on a wider range of projects across different sectors and representing all duty holders under the regulations - Commercial Clients, Domestic Clients, Principal Contractor, Principal Designer, Designers and Contractors.
What do clients need to know?
Clients carry the responsibility of managing a project, including ensuring appropriate dutyholders are present in the project and sufficient time and resources have been allocated.
Clients should take suitable steps to ensure that sufficient health and safety arrangements are put in place to manage the pre-construction and construction stage and that these are working correctly. The client must also ensure the other dutyholders carry out their requirements and the project runs in accordance with the regulations.
What do principal designers and designers need to know?
A key duty of Designers and Principal Designers is to identify risks associated with their designs that could cause harm to construction operatives or end users of the building. Where reasonably practicable these risks should be eliminated or reduced during the design process.
Where the risk has not been designed out, Designers have a duty to provide information that can be used to assist those that will need to manage that risk in the future (e.g. Principal Contractor, Client). It is the Principal Designer’s duty to ensure that this process is coordinated and that adequate Pre-Construction Information is provided for the Principal Contractor to allow adequate planning and resourcing for the construction phase.
MSAFE specialise in assisting Principal Designers in delivering their role under CDM Regulations and have carried out the Principal Designer Advisory role on numerous projects ranging from £100k to £500m construction value.
Health and safety specialists MSAFE undertake Construction Design Management services nationwide from our head office in Bournemouth acting as Health and Safety Advisors covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and London.