The objective of CDM 2015 appears to have been to allocate responsibility for health and safety before construction work begins to principal designers, who would hand over this responsibility to principal contractors when construction work started.
The Construction Industry Training Board has now published final versions of industry guidance on The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015)
Draft versions were made available shortly before CDM 2015 came into force on 6th April 2015. The published versions now come in printer friendly and web-interactive format.
The guidance includes useful information on the actions required of the new Principal Designer (PD) role and how the PD should coordinate and manage design risk management by others during the project Pre-Construction Phase.
Clients will face greater legal scrutiny over health and safety standards following the introduction of the first new Construction Design and Management regulations for eight years. Among a range of measures, clients must ensure that sufficient time and resources are allocated to dealing with health and safety issues at appropriate stages throughout a project.
The New draft regulations and guidance for managing Health and Safety in the construction industry are now available to view for Duty holders and members of the public to familiarise themselves with before going live on the 6th of April 2015.
A number of new changes will come into force under the 2015 CDM regulations. According to HSE, the changes under the guidelines include:
Client – The new regulations recognise the client as the head of the supply chain and as the party best placed to set standards throughout a project. This is a significant change and means you will bare responsibility throughout the project for its safe delivery.
Principal Designer – The CDM co-ordinator role under CDM207 will be replaced by the new PD Role. It means responsibility for coordinating the pre-construction phase will rest with a member of the design team.
Competence – The requirements will be replaced with a more general framework which splits ‘competence’ into component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience and organisational capability.
Documents of the new Regulations can be found on our Client Portal.
The changes of the CDM Regulations were laid before the parliament on the 30th January for approval. The new regulations will be coming into place on the 6th April. A draft guidance has been produced by the HSE for the 5 duty holders; clients, contractors, designers, principal contractors and principal designers. The draft guidance document is available to download from the CITB website. Click HERE to be directed to the draft guidance page.