project management – cdm regulations 2015

Changes to Construction (Design and Management) [CDM] Regulations for 2015. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have provided the following transitional arrangements:

“When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there will be a transitional period that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.

For projects starting before 6 April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and the client has not yet appointed a CDM coordinator, the client must appoint a principal designer as soon as it is practicable.

If the CDM coordinator has already been appointed, a principal designer must be appointed to replace the CDM coordinator by 6 October 2015, unless the project comes to an end before then.

In the period it takes to appoint the principal designer, the appointed CDM coordinator should comply with the duties contained in Schedule 4 to the new CDM 2015 Regulations. These duties reflect the existing requirements under CDM 2007 for the CDM coordinator rather than requiring CDM coordinators to act as principal designers, a role for which they may not be equipped”.

Source: HSE Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015): Transitional arrangements

CDM Regulations 2015 Primary Objectives

The primary objectives behind the proposed changes are to:

  1. Maintain and/or improve worker protection.
  2. Replace and combine the CDM coordinator role with a Principal Designer.
  3. Simplify the Regulations.
  4. Improve health and safety standards on small construction, temporary and mobile construction sites.
  5. Prevent bureaucracy.
  6. Meet and improve regulation principles.

Point 1

Has implications for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Surveys and Testing and Filter Plant Condition Surveys.

Point 2

Increases the role of CDM Coordinator to that of a Principal Designer and includes the planning, management, monitoring of the project and coordination of matters relating to health and safety at the pre-construction phase.

FEG Ltd will take these new CDM Regulations 2015 into account when providing CDM services for projects they are commissioned to undertake on behalf of clients.

The new CDM regulations have now been made and laid in Parliament and became law on 6th April 2015.

The principle changes from the previous legislation are as follows:

  • Strengthening of Client duties
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients
  • Replacement of CDM Coordinator by a Principal Designer for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction
    phase health and safety
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects where there will be more than one contractor working on the project
  • Replacement of explicit requirement for dutyholder competence with need for appropriate Skills, Knowledge and Experience
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level – F10 is now only required for projects lasting more than 500 person days of work, or lasting more than 30 working days with more than 20 workers simultaneously, including Site Management

Reducing the risk to health and safety ensures all those working on and using the structure will benefit.