The CDM Regulations have made a significant impact on the construction industry as injury rates have continued to fall over the last 20 years. However, construction still remains a high risk industry and although it accounts for only 5% of the employees in Britain, it accounted for 31% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major/specified injuries (Health and Safety Statistics 2013/2014). Clearly we must continue to do more in this industry to eliminate and manage the risks such that we protect the lives of those working in the industry and those impacted by construction activities.
CDM 2007 continued to bring change to the industry and followed on from the original CDM Regulations introduced in 1994. As from the 6th April 2015, the new CDM Regulations came into force replacing the CDM 2007 Regulations. This change was driven by the EU to bring the UK’s health and safety management system fully in line with the EU Directive 92/57/EEC on ‘Temporary & Mobile Construction Sites’, first published in 1992.
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As a Design and Project Management Company, Capita PROjEN are extremely well placed to support our clients through the process of migrating from the CDM 2007 to the CDM 2015 Regulations. Key changes to Regulations included the removal of the CDM Coordinator and increased responsibility for the Client and the Principal Designer, (a new duty holder in the 2015 Regulations).
The good news is that Capita PROjEN are able to support these duty holders with advice and assistance in complying with the revised CDM regulations and many of the other important regulations that help keep construction sites safe. Capita PROjEN have always adopted CDM as best practice and will continue to influence other industries to adopt a safer way of working. As RoSPA Award Winners since 2001, we are committed to managing, promoting and enhancing Health and Safety in the construction industry and the protection of the Environment.
CDM 2015 has had an impact on the industry, as does most change, however change in this case can be seen as a positive. The challenge has been to deliver the change with a smooth transition over the 6 month period April to October 2015 as the CDM Coordinator was phased out and the new Principal Designer role was established.
The following duty holder roles are summarised from the CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee) guidance which is freely available to download.
Larger construction clients may wish to refer to guidance and advice produced by the Construction Client Group of Constructing Excellence: http://ccg.constructingexcellence.org.uk/
You are a domestic Client if you are having work carried out which is not connected with running a Business. Usually, this means arranging for work to be carried out on the property where you or a family member lives.
The Principal Designer will usually be an organisation or, on smaller projects, an individual with:
The Principal Designer needs to have good relationships with the Client and Principal Contractor and it is also essential for them to establish good relationships with other designers working on the project. This is the arrangement for the majority of projects. The Client is not required to appoint a Principal Designer or Principal Contractor if there is only one contractor engaged on the project.
‘Designers’ can be architects, consulting engineers, interior designers, temporary work engineers, chartered surveyors, technicians, specifiers, Principal Contractors and specialist contractors.
You could also be carrying out design even if you would normally not identify yourself as a Designer. An example would be if you are a Client or contractor specifying a particular roof system, deciding what size joists to use or selecting a type of window. Manufacturers supplying standardised products for use in any construction project are not designers. However, the person who selects the product is a Designer and must take account of Health and Safety issues arising from the installation and use of those products.
In situations where a product is required to be purpose-built (bespoke), then the person who prepares the specification or drawings is a designer and so is the manufacturer who develops the specification into a detailed design.
The Principal Contractor must be capable of carrying out the role and have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience. This will depend upon the nature of the work and the range and nature of health and safety risks involved.
The principal contactor is normally a contractor so will also have contractor duties. (They may be Principal Contractor on some projects) and a contractor on others.
Anyone who directly engages construction workers or manages construction work is a contractor. This includes companies that use their own workforce to do construction work on their own premises.
The duties on contractors apply whether their workers are employees, self-employed or agency workers.
In addition to working alongside our Clients, Capita PROjEN have been active in the consultation process for the 2015 CDM Regulations. This means that our advice on procedural and documentation issues is comprehensive and well developed. This covers areas such as:
A Capita PROjEN CDM compliance audit can provide Clients with an objective third party view of their company’s strengths and weaknesses in this area. This audit has a two stage approach, information gathering followed by a detailed report. If changes are recommended, the Capita PROjEN team can assist with the implementation measures. Beyond the understanding of the CDM regulations lies a need for a safety driven business culture. Capita PROjEN can support learning programmes through a number of different techniques such as;
Worker protection and the protection of the environment are key to every business and none so more than our own. Capita PROjEN are proud of the fact that to date we have won 15 consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards, which has culminated in our first ‘Order of Distinction’ Award, based on our excellent Health and Safety performance and our ability to manage projects. Areas which we offer advice on to other businesses include:
Links to other useful web sites
Print friendly versions of the individual CDM 2015 dutyholder guides