What are the CDM Regulations?
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects in the United Kingdom. In April 2015 the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replaced the 2007 regulations, bringing about a substantial change in the defined duty holders and their responsibilities to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their construction projects.
CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance
The replacement of the CDM regulations in 2015 saw the removal of the CDM Coordinators role, and the introduction of the Principal Designer. Creating three main roles for managing health and safety of a construction projects, with the client having overall responsibility for the successful execution of the projects, and the Principal Designer (PD) and Principal Contractor (PC) leading during the different phases of the project.
All projects must have workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience (competency). Contractors providing the appropriate supervision, instruction and information, and a written construction phase plan
Projects with more than one contractor involved must have a principal designer and a principal contractor appointed and a health and safety file If the planned work is scheduled to be longer than 30 working days, have more than 20 workers, working simultaneously at any point, or exceed 500 person days. Then the client is responsible to notify the Health and Safety Executive using the F10 notification.
CDM 2015 REGULATIONS
AGM Safety Ltd has developed a range of services that help to discharge your duties and enhance the Health and Safety in your projects.
Our solution offers an independent and unbiased health and safety advice, that can be tailored to suit your needs. Enabling flexibility through a range of solutions, and enables you to upgrade the service at any point throughout your project.
Following a survey of the site, a report will be prepared for inclusion in the pre‑construction information, detailing potential health and safety issues identified using existing surveys and reports.
We will ensure that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is notified as appropriate, and that this notification is managed for the lifetime of your project.
REVIEW CONSTRUCTION PHASE PLAN
We will liaise with the principal contractor to ensure a suitable Construction Phase Plan is produced to enable work to begin on site.
HEALTH AND SAFETY FILE
All Health and Safety documentation will be collated into the Health and Safety File, which will be managed by us.
DESIGN TEAM MEETINGS
Your CDM advisor will attend design meetings and offer CDM and health and safety expertise. They can assist designers in identifying health and safety risks and provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’, a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction.
We will help to ensure that any contractors or designers that you engage for your project have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. We will ask for references and examples of previous work to demonstrate capability.