The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects.
CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.
Principal designers have an important role in influencing how risks to health and safety are managed throughout a project. Design decisions made during the pre-construction phase have a significant influence in ensuring the project is delivered in a way that secures the health and safety of everyone affected by the work.
The Regulations give specific duties to Clients, Principal Designers, Designers, Principal Contractors, Contractors and Workers, and require each “duty holder” to understand and fulfil their obligations on a UK construction project.
The CDM Regulations 2015 are designed to:
- Sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time
- Cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- Communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
All of our Principal Designers and CDM advisors are suitably qualified and have extensive experience of construction disciplines.
Our CDM service supports many contractors with their CDM responsibilities and can provide a range of services to duty holders helping them ensure a smooth transition to CDM 2015. As part of the “Principal Designer” role we can undertake the following:
- Design stage pre-construction information development
- CDM design reviews
- Attendance at design meetings
- Tender stage pre-construction information
- CDM compliance audits and inspections
- Health & safety files
Safety Forward will support you to deliver your design and pre-construction CDM activities, construction and handover under the regulations. Deciding on the level of advice and support you need from us is straightforward.
Core CDM Activities
Dedicated CDM Advisor
You will be allocated a dedicated CDM Advisor who will be your single point of contact throughout the project. They will work closely with you to help ensure that you are doing everything to fulfil your duties as required by the CDM 2015 Regulations.
Site health and safety survey
Your CDM Advisor will undertake an initial visit to the proposed construction site to ascertain existing health and safety issues, and to identify where further information will be required prior to the start of construction.
We will ensure that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is notified as appropriate, and that this notification is managed for the lifetime of your project.
Review construction phase plan
We will liaise with the principal contractor to ensure a suitable construction phase plan is produced to enable work to begin on site.
Health and safety file
All health and safety documentation will be collated into the health and safety file, which will be managed by us and available to your team via an online portal. The file will be prepared ready for the construction and operational phases of the project.
As your CDM Advisor, it is our concern that we ensure you have all the support you need, we will undertake a full review of all H&S, design documents and drawings and provide you with advice and comments.
Additional CDM Services
Attendance design team meetings
Your CDM Advisor will attend design meetings and offer CDM and health and safety expertise. They can assist designers in identifying health and safety risks and provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’, a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction.
Construction phase plan production
The construction phase plan is prepared in consultation with the principal contractor to ensure that it is appropriate for the project and is reviewed at health and safety site visits.
Site inspection and monitoring visits
Your CDM Advisor will undertake regular site inspections to review any existing and potential health and safety risks, whilst ongoing site health checks will reassure the client that the principal designer is managing health and safety on site appropriately.
Contractor and designer competency checks
We will help to ensure that any contractors or designers that you engage for your project have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. We will ask for references and examples of previous work to demonstrate capability.
Your CDM Advisor will review health and safety information relating to your site to help ensure that documents are suitable and sufficient for the project. If these are not in place, they will provide guidance on the changes required.
To aid the design process and ensure that your project is “safe by design” we facilitate workshops with designers, client and all stakeholders to review designs from a safety and engineering standpoint, brainstorming ‘what if’ scenarios and engraining the outputs into the design and construction phases.