On Monday 6th April 2015, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replaced the current CDM 2007 Regulations. Instigated to remove the tick-box bureaucracy that has emerged out of the regulations to date, a shift in role and responsibility for the management of construction safety in the UK has emerged.
These Regulations cover the management of health, safety and welfare when undertaking construction projects. With the intention of designing out or managing residual risk from project inception through to occupation and beyond, they apply to every scale of construction project.
The Regulations will see the removal of the now established CDM Co-ordinator, more prevalent on commercial projects, with the introduction of a Principle Designer where more than one contractor is to be on site. Of importance to Domestic Clients, defined as work commissioned that does not relate to a business, is that this appointment is no longer limited solely to commercial clients, now extended to include domestic projects too. The responsibilities of the CDM Co-ordinator have been redistributed between Client, Principle Designer and Principle Contractor to place a responsibility on the project team from the concept design stage; however, the scope of the Regulations have not changed.
Due to their early involvement in the process, the Architect is likely to be established as the Principle Designer; however, there are opportunities for sub-consultants to act as advisors. The Regulations place responsibility on the client to appoint the Principle Designer and Principle Contractor, unless the project is for a Domestic Client, in which case failure by the Client to appoint either sees the positions automatically attributed to the Designer in charge of the pre-construction phase and the Contractor in charge of the construction phase.
Under the new regulations, the parameters determining whether a project is notifiable or not have changed. The requirement for notification is now defined as any project lasting ‘longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project; or exceed 500 person days total’.
Domestic Client’s duties for large sections of the management of Health and Safety and notification, section 4 and 6 of the Regulations, transfer to the Contractor/Principle Contractor in charge of the construction phase, unless there is a written agreement with the Principle Designer to undertake the responsibilities.
The use of the F10 form is the simplest way of ensuring the right information is provided. Don’t forget this requirement applies for all existing construction projects still on site on the 12th October, where they fall into the newly defined parameters of notification. The 12th October 2015 marks the end of a transitional period where CDM 2007 Regulations on existing projects were still being applied. For those projects that weren’t notifiable, but have become so in the course of construction, then these must also be notified.