The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6th April 2015, replacing the 2007 regulations.
There were a few changes to the regulations:
- Principal Designers have replaced the CDM Co-ordinator.
- Domestic Clients have now been introduced and are now under the CDM Regulations.
- HSE notification threshold has changed.
The most important things to note are:
1 All projects must have:
- Workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.
- Contractors providing appropriate supervision, instruction and information.
- A written construction phase plan.
2 For both domestic and non-domestic projects where more than one contractor is involved.
The client must:
- Appoint a Principal Designer.
- Appoint a Principal Contractor.
- Ensure a health and safety file is created for the project.
3 The HSE must be notified if the project:
- Lasts longer than 30 working days and has more than 20 workers simultaneously at any point or exceeds 500 person days.
Careful compliance with safety at work legislation is not only a legal imperative but vital if you are going to win work from larger contractors whose insurers will insist on it.
Since many construction companies cannot justify employing someone full time to deal with industry specific regulations, many of them have turned to C2 Safety as a highly cost-effective way of helping them through the CDM process.
Everyone involved in construction needs to know about the Construction Health and Safety Regulations which help to:
- Improve the industry’s Health and Safety record.
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time to manage the risks on site.
- Focus on effective planning and managing risk.
In essence every construction project should consider safety from the design stage onwards and has to have appointed, in writing from the client, a Principle Contractor and Principal Designer.