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Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 - CDM 2015

In preparation of CDM 2015 we have prepared an initial information sheet for clients and those advising clients.
12 January 2015

CDM Changes: Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

Proposal to revise the Construction Design & Management Regulations 2007

You may be aware, that for some time there has been a proposal to revise the Construction (Design & Management Regulations) 2007. Following publication of the draft legislation and consultation documents "Consultation on replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007", the HSE have now taken the process forward with guidance documents being issued.

In preparation of CDM 2015 we have prepared an initial information sheet for clients and those advising clients;  CDM 2015 Clients. Further information can also be found on the HSE Website. The information is subject to refinement on publication of the final Regulations 6th April 2015.

In addition to this we will prepare and issue information on the Principal Designer Role shortly.

The key aspects we can ascertain to date are:

Replacing the CDM Coordinator role with one called the 'principal designer' (PD). The responsibility for discharging the function will rest with an individual or business in control of the design at pre- construction phase. The default position will be that the responsibility for discharging of the function is within the existing project team, facilitating an integrated approach to risk management. It is unclear how this will work in practice. From initial reading it could be the client on some projects, the project manager where appointed, the architect or other designer.

The proposal is that the Principal Designer will be responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the pre- construction phase of a project in the same way that the Principal Contractor is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the construction phase. In summary, the Principal Designer will be responsible for:

 -        planning, managing and monitoring the pre-construction phase;

 -        ensuring that where reasonably practicable, risks are eliminated or controlled through design work;

 -        passing information on to the PC;

 -        ensuring co-operation and co-ordination;

 -        ensuring designers comply with their duties;

 -        assisting the client in preparing the pre-construction information; and

 -        preparing the health and safety file.

Read the information sheet that we have created for our clients and those advising clients fo the CDM changes 2015.

To discuss anything further please use our contact us page where we will arrange for someone to contact you.


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