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CDM 2015 Regulations

CDM 2015: Regulations & Changes

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations are changing.

The changes will come into affect on 6th April 2015 when the 2007 Regulations will be replaced with the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015. The role of CDM Coordinator has been removed and MSAFE will no longer be able to undertake this role on projects after the transitionary period ends on the 6th October 2015.

The new Regulations reinforce the impact clients can have on a project. Regulations 4 and 5 set out the client’s duty to make suitable arrangements for managing a project and maintaining and reviewing them for its duration so that it is carried out in a way that manages the health and safety risks involved.

In order to ensure clients are complying with their duties and a project runs successfully MSAFE have developed a service that will assist clients and compliment other members of the project team. Find out more about CDM Coordinator client duties and how MSAFE can assist with the new regulations »

How will CDM 2015 differ from CDM 2007

The revised Regulations are intended to reinforce the accountability of the client to manage construction safety.

The role of the CDM Coordinator has been replaced with that of Principal Designer. The Principal Designer must be appointed on all projects where there is likely to be more than one contractor. Under CDM 2007 the CDM Coordinator had a duty to assist the client, and act as a source of health and safety advice. This has been removed from the Principal Designer's duties.

This leaves a gap, in particular the client has a duty to have access to competent health and safety advice under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

If clients need help in making these arrangements, they could draw on the competent advice they are required to have under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and appoint MSAFE as their competent CDM consultant. If they do not have access to this advice, and in particular if they are not experienced in construction health and safety issues, MSAFE has developed a service to act as the client's competent advisor and CDM consultant. The service will assist the client in demonstrating compliance with the CDM Regulations 2015, and also adds value by integrating the project team and assisting them in managing their responsibilities that will benefit the client.

The service will comprise attendance at key meetings and production of our Construction Design & Management Focus Plan to guide the project through compliance at key stages. We will take a step back from the project and project team and review CDM compliance independently. The service will be resource based and tailored to meet with the specific requirements of the client and project.

Additional services will include:

  • Advice on and production of initial logistic plans
  • Liaison with relevant third parties
  • Checking the adequacy of the Principal Contractors arrangements prior to commencement
  • Undertaking inspections of the construction site and providing reports.

You should always ensure that those you are seeking advice from are suitably qualified. MSAFE are in a unique position to provide this service as they are experts in construction safety and have relevant design experience as CDM Coordinators, but they are also experienced health and safety practitioners, with our advisors being Chartered Members of IOSH (CMIOSH) and on the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR). The practice is also an Association of Project Safety (APS) registered practice, holds CHAS and Constructionline.

MSAFE can be appointed as CDM Coordinators until 6th April 2015. After this date the client will have 6 months to appoint a Principal Designer, MSAFE will advise on this process in due course and guide clients through the transitionary period.

MSAFE will refine their service proposals and be available to provide quotations on the same for projects commencing after 6th April 2015. MSAFE will be available to provide advice to clients together with in house seminars and training on the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.

MSAFE undertake work nationwide where we can allocate adequate resources however we have a strong CDM Service presence in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Gloucestershire, West Sussex, Devon, Cornwall, Oxfordshire and London.

To arrange a competitive fee proposal please contact MSAFE on 0333 8000 700 or fill in your details using the form and we'll call you back.

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