Health and Safety / CDM Client Advice Notes

Health and Safety / CDM Client Advice Notes

The Construction Design & Management (CDM) Regulations change on 6th April 2015. The revised regulations will affect everyone in construction.

What are the changes?

The principal changes are as follows:

  • Client duties have been strengthened
  • CDM Coordinator has been replaced by a Principal Designer
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects
  • Replacement of competence requirements with need for appropriate Information, Instruction, Training & Supervision
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level

The CDM-C is dead, long live the Principal Designer

The role of CDM co-ordinator will no longer exist. Instead clients will need to appoint a Principal Designer.

What is a Principal Designer?

It might sound obvious, but a Principal Designer must be a designer. The act says that they must be the person or organisation with control over the pre-construction (planning and design) phase of the project.

As we are normally the lead designer on our projects, we are excited about taking on this role. This will mean an end to the appointment of stand-alone CDM-C’s, or combining it with another role like Quantity surveyor or stand-alone project manager – they are not designers.

‘It’s all about design’

We have always incorporated good design risk management as part of good design, and have delivered the CDM-C service since its inception in 1994.

We regularly combine the roles of architect / lead designer and CDM-C through our in-house experts. The new CDM regulations now require everyone to work in this way.

Design and Build (D&B) Contracts

If you undertake the role of principal contractor under the design and build procurement methods, you may find yourself with the role of principal designer to discharge. This is because you may be in control of the design stages and process, your designers (unless novated from original design team) would now be classed simply as ‘designers’ under the new CDM regulations.

What should you do now?

In future the lead designer on your projects must also be appointed as the Principal Designer, and we will be including for this role on all future projects.

For current projects, we recommend that you look at whether they will start onsite after 6th April 2015 – if they do you will need to appoint us as Principal Designer. If this is the case please contact our experienced CDM team.

How can we help?

Stride Treglown have been providing CDM consultancy to clients and contractors since 1994. We will continue to provide CDM and H&S consultancy services, building on our 20 years’ experience of the CDM Regulations, and will now be taking on the role of Principal Designer on the majority of our projects.

If you are interested in a free, no obligation CDM briefing or require further information, please contact John Kirkby.

We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy of this advice note. However, the document is written in general terms and you are strongly recommended to seek specific advice before taking any action based on the information it contains. No responsibility can be taken for any loss arising from action taken or refrained from on the basis of this publication. The contents of this advice note are not intended to comprise definitive statements, but rather offer the opinion of Stride Treglown and provide general guidance on planning issues.