When does CDM apply?

The CDM Regulations is a piece of legislation that covers Health & Safety for construction activities. The scope of CDM is vast, covering a large industry and many sub-sectors.

The regulations were first introduced in 1994 to implement the minimum health and safety requirements at temporary/mobile construction sites.

The CDM Regulations 2015 aim to:

  • Improve planning and management from day one to identify hazards so that they can be eliminated or managed
  • Encourage everyone to work together to make health & safety an integral part of design, construction and management of projects
  • Encourage co-operation and co-ordination throughout the project
  • Have the right people, for the right job, at the right time to manage risks on site.

Did you know that CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations 2015 applies to ALL construction work including domestic projects?

Whether you are hiring a roofer to fix the roof of your shed at home, or constructing a multi million pound building – CDM Regulations 2015 apply!

If you are a domestic client, your duties under CDM are passed on to those that are carrying out the construction work (contractors or designers).

If you are a commercial client having construction work done then the work may be notifiable to the HSE and you will have duties as a commercial client under CDM 2015.

What work is notifiable?

Construction work is notifiable to the HSE if

  • The work is expected to last more than 30 days and have more than 20 workers working at the same time at any point on the project
  • The project exceeds 500 person days of construction work

CDM Regulations focus on effective planning and management of all construction work, from design concept onwards. The aim is for health and safety considerations to be treated as a normal part of a projects development, and not an after thought. The object of CDM is to reduce the risk of harm to those that have to build, use, maintain and demolish structures.

The CDM Regulations place responsibility for managing the health and safety of a construction projects on the main duty holders, these are:

  • The Client
  • The Principal Designer
  • The Principal Contractor
  • Designer
  • Contractors

Safety Advisors are on hand to help you comply with the CDM regulations. We can act as the Principal Designer in your project - Get in touch with us for more information

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