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CDM Health and Safety

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2007 (CDM 2007) place duties on all those who can contribute to the health and safety of a construction project. The Regulations place duties upon clients, designers, contractors and planning supervisors, and require the production of certain documents – the health and safety plan and the company safety policy.

To which projects do the CDM Regulations apply?

The CDM Regulations apply to most construction projects. However, there are a number of situations where the Regulations do not apply.

These include:

  • Construction work other than demolition that does not last longer than 30 days and does not involve more than 500 man hours;
  • Construction work for a domestic client (although the Regulations do apply to designers);
  • Construction work carried out inside offices and shops or similar premises without interrupting the normal activities in the premises and without separating the construction activities from the other activities;
  • The maintenance or removal of insulation on pipes, boilers or other parts of heating or water systems unless this work forms part of a larger construction project.
  • People who, as part of their business, construct houses for subsequent transfer with land (whether by sale or other means) to domestic clients are known as developers under the CDM Regulations and have duties as clients.

The Construction Design & Management Coordinator

ST&L Limited can assist you with your project by providing a Construction Design & Management Coordinator, (CDMC)  to ensure your compliance by performing the following tasks;

  • Co-ordinate the health and safety aspects of the project at the design and planning stages,
  • Ensure that the Designer is provided with:
    • any relevant Safety Files that exist and are relevant to the considered project.
    • any relevant Risk Assessment, PHASE Assessment or HAZOP’s that exist and are relevant to the considered project.
  • Ensure that the Designer has carried out his duties, if there are several Designers involved on the project, the CDMC will act to co-ordinate them to ensure that health and safety problems are resolved which involve the interaction between different aspects of design.
  • Ensure that the Health and Safety File is prepared and contains all relevant information given. He retains responsibility for the file throughout the project. The Health and Safety File must be passed on to the Client when the project is complete.
  • Initiates a Pre-Tender Health and Safety Plan which must be provided to the Principal Contractor at the tendering stage, it is the Planning CDMCs job to ensure that the contents are adequate. The contents of the Pre-Tender Health and Safety Plan will vary from project to project.
  • The CDMC will transfer responsibility for the Health and Safety Plan to the Principal Contractor as soon as possible after the appointment of the Principal Contractor.
  • Notification to the HSE on Form 10 (rev) as required.
  • The CDMC is required to advise the Client when the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan has been sufficiently well developed to allow the construction phase of the project to begin.
  • Perform regular audits of the site and working practices of the contractors and provide and action list for corrective by site management.

For more information on our CDM Services please contact us