We provide support to the client through all stages of a project, from feasibility, outline proposals, project planning, operations on-site, completion and handover, whilst ensuring all CDM duties and responsibilities are carried out by the appropriate CDM roles.
What is CDM?
Due to the complexity of the activities undertaken during construction works and the risk associated with these, organisations involved in construction projects are required to fulfill certain responsibilities to control these risks. These responsibilities depend on the role these organisations play within the project.
The aim of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, also known as CDM, is to eliminate, reduce or control H&S risks for those building structures, infrastructure, etc. during its construction, but also through its whole life cycle for maintenance, repair or replacement, refurbishment and ultimately its demolition.
What are the main roles under CDM?
The main roles recognised under CDM are:
- Client: a Client is anyone for whom a construction project is carried out.
- Contractor: a contractor is anyone who, in the course of business, carries out, manages or controls construction work.
- Principal Contractor: for projects involving more than one contractor, a Principal Contractor needs to be appointed to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the work undertaken by all contractors.
- Designer: a designer is an organisation or individual who prepares or modifies designs for construction projects (e.g. drawings, specifications, design calculations), or arranges for, or instructs others to do this.
- Principal Designer: for projects involving more than one designer, a Principal Designer needs to be appointed to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the work undertaken by all designers.
The responsibilities associated with each role will vary depending on the scale and complexity of the project, and one organisation can fulfil more than one role at the same time. Therefore, it is essential for all parties to have a clear understanding on their specific roles and responsibilities within a construction project.
What are my responsibilities?
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 place legal duties on Clients, Designers and Contractors undertaking construction. Whether appointing organisations to CDM roles or accepting taking on these duties, you must ensure that you are suitably qualified with appropriate knowledge, experience, training and qualifications relevant to the scope of works of the project.
How can we help?
Our experienced CDM consultants can provide client-specific support to help organisations understand and fulfil their legal obligations, including:
- Providing support to CDM Clients, Principal Designers and Principal Contractors to understand and fulfil their legal duties through all stages of a project, from feasibility, outline proposals, project planning, operations on-site, completion and handover;
- Advising Clients on suitable management arrangements for a project and assessing competencies
- Reviewing existing information and identifying surveys required
- Undertaking construction site audits;
- Design reviews and workshops
- Completing document risks
- Collating pre-construction information and H&S File documents
- Notifying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on behalf of the Clients
- Advising on-site arrangements prior to construction
- Phasing and sequencing reviews
- Development and delivery of CDM awareness training
As a national provider with a regional presence, we work with clients from multiple sectors including; industrial, commercial and residential developers, retailers, industrial manufacturers, fund managers, institutional investors, hi-tech companies, the public sector and charitable organisations.
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