As of the 6th April 2015, the previous 2007 CDM (Construction Design & Management) Regulations were replaced with new regulations. Small and medium size construction businesses will have to make a plan and manage health and safety, meaning for the first time any construction work, whether it's a new bathroom or a single storey extension, will require a construction phase plan.
CDM is about providing the right information to the right people at the right time. As clients, designers and contractors it’s about sharing information to help eliminate, reduce and manage risk or injury to not only those who construct but for those who will be responsible for future maintenance.
The key changes to the new CDM regulations 2015:
• The revised legislation applies to all projects including for the first time, domestic projects.
• All projects must have a written construction phase plan.
• The role of the CDM Co-ordinator in the previous CDM Regulations 2007 has been removed and replaced with a new role of principal designer.
• There is a duty to make sure all persons doing the job have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.
• Some domestic and non-domestic projects will have to be notified to the Health & Safety Executive by the client.
CDM Regulations have always been applicable to the majority of commercial projects. Clients, designers and contractors involved with such will already be familiar with their duties and will have a sound understanding of what is needed to do the job safely and to avoid accidents. Domestic clients will now need to be aware of their duties when engaging designers and contractors under CDM 2015 and the Health & Safety Executive along with CITB have produced guidance on this www.hse.gov.uk.
At Tricker Blackie Associates we can provide assistance to our clients with this and can offer help and guidance through the process.