CDM FAQ

Articles about all aspects of CDM 15 regulations.

BIM and CDM15

The Future Of CDM And BIM

What Is BIM? BIM or Building Information Modelling is the name given to a process of creating a detailed digital model of a build asset. From design through to construction and even hand over, a detailed collaborative model of a building can be created and accessed by anyone involved with the design, construction and maintenance of the project. Think of a building information model in terms of a 3D digital model that not only gives a detailed visual of the building [...]

CDM Legal Actions

The legal implications of ignoring the CDM15 Regulations

Has anyone been prosecuted in Construction since CDM15 was introduced? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have analysed information relating to potential breaches in Health and Safety Regulations on construction projects. The HSE act as the police service for all of the industry and provide enforcement notice data (prohibition and improvement notices) on their website. This information is available for all stakeholders to view and remains accessible. Contractors must be aware that HSE Inspectors can attend site whether invited or uninvited. [...]

What is PAS 91?

What is PAS 91 and how does it relate to the construction industry?

What is PAS 91? PAS 91 stands for Publicly Available Specification for prequalification questionnaires in construction-related procurement. It was commissioned by the Government and developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BSI). Following its launch in October 2010, it was seen as a positive step towards addressing the issue that many businesses face when completing Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ’s). It has undergone two revisions, one in 2013 and more recently in December 2017. What [...]

Contractor duties- CDM15

Contractors and the Construction Design and Management regulations 2015

Management of Health and Safety on Construction projects is governed by the content of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM15). CDM15 applies to all construction work, and this includes building, demolition, extensions, repair and maintenance. While a Principal Contractor may be in the driver’s seat during the Construction Phase of a project, they may not have the resources to complete the construction, contracting out the development to other specialist contractors. The actual work of building and maintaining a structure will usually be aided [...]

Client Duties CDM

What Are The Clients Duties CDM15?

Part 2 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM15) covers Client duties in relation to the pre-construction and the construction phases. Sufficient time and resources must be made for managing a project. Arrangements made by a Client can be considered suitable if the work on the construction site can be carried out without risk to health or safety of any person affected by the project and that the minimum welfare facilities required for construction sites (Schedule 2 [...]

Duties of a principal contractor

The Role Of Principal Contractor Explained

Good management of Health and Safety on site is crucial to the successful delivery of a construction project. In liaison with the Client and v, Principal Contractors have an important role in managing the health and safety risks of the construction work. The Principal Contractor is the contractor formally appointed by the Client, who performs or manages construction work. The Principal Contractor is like any other contractor and must comply with the contractor’s duties. The Principal Contractor has a central role [...]

CDM Health & Safety File

The CDM Health and Safety File

When a project comes under CDM15, a Health and Safety file must be produced (see HSE Guidance L153 “Managing Health and Safety in Construction”). The duty to prepare a health and safety file during the pre-construction phase is that of the Principal Designer, who will only be appointed for those construction projects with more than one contractor. So, in practice, the health and safety file will only be formally required for those projects which have more than one contractor. [...]

What is a Principal Designer?

What Is The Role Of Principal Designer?

There are three main roles within the CDM Regulations that have responsibility for health and safety. The Client, The Principal Contractor and the Principal Designer. While the Client has overall responsibility, the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor have responsibilities depending on the phase of the project. CDM15 introduced us to the new role of Principal Designer while saying goodbye to the CDM Coordinator role. Every project must have a Principal Designer appointed where required in order to meet the requirements [...]

Is my project notifiable under CDM regs?

Is My Project Notifiable?

Notification of building projects has been a requirement of health and safety law since the 1961 Factories Act, Section 127. This Act was repealed by the 1994 CDM Regulations. Notification became the duty of the CDM Coordinator in the 2007 CDM Regulations and in the 2015 revision of the CDM Regulations, the role of CDM Coordinator was removed and the duty to notify a project became that of the Client. CDM15 applies to all construction projects, irrespective of size, [...]

construction phase plan

What is in a construction phase plan?

A Construction Phase Plan is required for every construction project. When appointed by a client, this plan is provided by the contractor, or, where there is more than one contractor, the Principal Contractor, before the construction phase begins. It should be displayed clearly and should be made available to site workers or any visitors. It is created from the information provided by the client during the pre-construction stage and includes any information provided by the Principal Designer. When implemented, it [...]