The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 replaced the original CDM Regulations of 1994 and are about focusing attention on effective planning and management of construction projects, from design concept onwards. Their aim is for health and safety considerations to be treated as a normal part of a project’s development, not an after-thought. The purpose of the CDM Regulations 2007 is to reduce the risk of harm to those that have to build, use, maintain and eventually demolish structures.
The main duties of CDM co-ordinators are to advise and assist the client in meeting their duties as a client under the CDM Regulations 2007, in particular:
• the duty to appoint competent designers and contractors;
• the duty to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place for managing the project;
• notify HSE about the project using the Notification of Project Form F10
• co-ordinate design work, planning and other preparation for construction where relevant to health and safety;
• identify and collect the pre-construction information and advise the client if surveys need to be commissioned to fill significant gaps;
• promptly provide in a convenient form to those involved with the design of the structure; and to every contractor (including the principal contractor) who may be or has been appointed by the client, such parts of the pre-construction information which are relevant;
• manage the flow of health and safety information between clients, designers and contractors;
• advise the client on the suitability of the initial construction phase plan and the arrangements made to ensure that welfare facilities are on site from the start;
• produce or update a relevant, user friendly, health and safety file at the end of the construction phase suitable for future use.
Architecture and More are Corporate Members of the Association for Project Safety and the Managing Director is a Registered CDM Co-ordinator and has been undertaking CDM work for over 10 years for national and international blue chip companies, regional and local companies as well as private developers.