project management – your guide to CDM – the regulations

Overall compliance with the CDM Regulations ensures that your project maintains health and safety for all involved.

The CDM 2015 Regulations are divided into 5 parts:

  • Part 1 deals with the commencement, interpretation and application of the Regulations
  • Part 2 covers the Client’s general duties that apply to all construction projects and the appointment of the Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor
  • Part 3 contains health and safety duties and additional duties that only apply to notifiable construction projects, i.e. those lasting more that 30 working days or involving more than 500 person days of construction work
  • Part 4 contains general and practical requirements that apply to all construction sites
  • Part 5 contains the general enforcement, transitional arrangements and revocations

This is followed by a series of Schedules and Amendments.

the-regulationsThe CDM 2015 Regulations revise and bring together the previous CDM Regulations 2007 and the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 into a single regulatory package.

This is where the early appointment of an experienced CDM Principal Designer and Principal Contractor can greatly assist you in the Client role – they will ensure that all five parts of the regulations are correctly and efficiently complied with. This includes the identification and reduction of construction risks, ensuring they are appropriately managed. Construction can then be carried out in a healthy and safe manner with adequate welfare facilities provided throughout the entire project for all involved onsite. The CDM Principal Designer ensures that this is carried out in a timely manner informing the right people at the right time of their duties, responsibilities and by the preparation and updates of the required documentation.

Cooperation of all off and onsite disciplines involved in the project is vital if you as the Client are to achieve your project goal of a completed cost effective project, whether that be machinery relocation, new machinery, building extension, new building or demolition of old buildings.