The Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations exist to safeguard every single person on a construction project and secure their health and safety. CDM Regulations also make sure the right people are appointed for the planning and safe implementation of procedures throughout a project.
Almost everyone on a construction project will have a legal duty so it’s important to know who has what duty, what they’re responsible for and if they’re complying with the law.
The Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 have six core objectives to help people involved with construction projects to:
The CDM Regulations apply to any construction project (for example, a construction phase plan is required for every project) and must be notified to the Health and Safety Executive if it:
In terms of the type of project, the CDM Regulations cover anything from groundworks and temporary structures, to restoration and excavations – and everything else in between.
The regulations recognise seven different CDM duty holders and outline their specific responsibilities:
An individual or an organisation who’s having construction work carried out on their business.
People who have construction work carried out on their home – not for business purposes.
Individuals or organisations who prepare or modify construction designs for a building, product or system.
The main designer (who’s appointed by the client) in projects involving more than one contractor.
The chief contractor (who’s appointed by the client) that co-ordinates the construction phase of a project when one or more contractors are involved.
The people who do the doing – the actual construction work. Contractors can be either individuals or businesses.
Individuals who work under the control of contractors on a construction site.
It’s important to remember that these are just a handful of the duty holders’ responsibilities. For more information on duty holders and their duties under the CDM Regulations, get in touch with our Health & Safety consultants on 0345 844 1111. We provide Health & Safety services for Manchester businesses and SMEs across the UK.
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