CDM 2015 is the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM Health & Safety services aims to protect people from the health and safety risks of construction work by establishing a framework to manage these risks. It is based on sound industry practice, it helps small businesses and large organisations deliver building and construction projects in a way that prevents injury and ill-health. CDM applies to all building and construction work. This includes New Build, Demolition, Refurbishment, Extensions, Conversions, Repair and Maintenance and, since 2015, Domestic projects. JPW Consulting, CDM services will ensure that duty holders; Client, Principle Designer, Principle Contractor, Designer, Contractor/Sub-Contractor and Workers fulfil their Health and Safety responsibilities under CDM Regulations (2015), reducing the risk of breaches in Health and Safety Law during the planning, design and construction phase of building and construction projects.
Competence Assessment Working with duty holders; checking competence and resources of all appointees through competence criteria processes during the planning, managing and coordinating of matters relating to health and safety during the Pre-Construction Phase Plan. Assisting in eliminating or controlling risks by taking into account the general principals of prevention as stated in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Client A duty holder who has construction work carried out for them. The main duty for clients is to make sure their project is suitably managed, ensuring the health and safety of all who might be affected by the work, including members of the public. CDM 2015 recognises two types of client: Commercial Clients have construction work carried out as part of their business. This could be an individual, partnership or company and includes property developers and companies managing domestic properties. Domestic Clients have construction work carried out for them but not in connection with any business – usually work done on their own home or the home of a family member.
CDM Health and Safety Adviser (Client) The role of the Client has been strengthened considerably under CDM 2015. Their duties are wide ranging and include ensuring that other duty holders are appointed, that the functions and responsibilities of the project team are clear and that the people and organisations they appoint have the necessary skill, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety risks. They are also responsible for ensuring adequate communication, co-operation and co-ordination within the project team and for the provision of relevant information to other duty holders. As CDM 2015 Client Advisor we will assist with the Client’s duties under Regulations 4, 5, 6 and 8 of the CDM Regulations 2015, by providing the following services:
- Assist with the preparation of a Client’s brief
- Submit the Notification Form F10 to HSE if required
- Assist with the appointment of competent duty holders
- Assist with the collation of Pre-Construction Information and highlight the need for any additional required information
- Monitor and provide feedback of Principal Contractor compliance with their duties under Regulations 12 to 14
- Monitor and provide feedback of Principal Designer is compliance with their duties under Regulations 11 and 12
- Confirm that a suitable Construction Phase Plan is in place to allow commencement of works on site
- Confirm that suitable welfare facilities are in place to allow commencement of works on site.
- Assist the Principal Designer with a suitable template for the Health & Safety File.
Principal Designer A designer appointed by the client to control the pre-construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal designer’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when most design work is carried out.
Designers An organisation or individual whose work involves preparing or modifying designs, drawings, specifications, bills of quantity or design calculations. Designers can be Architects, Consulting Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, or anyone who specifies and alters designs as part of their work. They can also include tradespeople if they carry out design work. The designer’s main duty is to eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that may arise during construction work, or in the use and maintenance of the building once built. Designers work under the control of a principal designer on projects with more than one contractor.
Principal Contractor A contractor appointed by the Client to manage the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal contractor’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when all construction work takes place.
Contractor/ Sub-Contractor Any individual or business in charge of carrying out construction work (eg building, altering, maintaining or demolishing). Anyone who manages this work or directly employs or engages construction workers is a contractor. Their main duty is to plan, manage and monitor the work under their control in a way that ensures the health and safety of anyone it might affect (including members of the public). Contractors work under the control of the principal contractor on projects with more than one contractor.
Worker An individual who actually carries out the work involved in building, altering, maintaining or demolishing buildings or structures. Workers include: plumbers, electricians, scaffolders, painters, decorators, steel erectors and labourers, as well as supervisors like foremen and chargehands. Their duties include cooperating with their employer and other duty holders, reporting anything they see that might endanger the health and safety of themselves or others. Workers must be consulted on matters affecting their health, safety and welfare.