Is My Project Notifiable?

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 This Act was repealed by the 1994 CDM Regulations.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, whether they be commercial or domestic construction projects. Some of these projects will be notifiable in writing to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before the Construction Phase begins. Relevant information can be supplied to HSE via their online notification portal https://extranet.hse.gov.uk/lfserver/external/f10

Regulation 6 of CDM15 states that a project is notifiable if the construction phase is scheduled to:
Last longer than 30 working days, and has more than 20 workers on site at any one time; and or
Last longer than 500 person days.

A person day is one individual site worker, including plant operators and labourers, who carries out construction work for one normal working shift, supervisors, managers and specialist workers, who may not be directly involved in the construction process, operating plant or carrying out manual work, all must be included as a person day. A working shift is any part of the day on which construction work takes place, even if construction work is carried out for a short part of that day, the whole day counts towards the person day tally during the Construction Phase. Working days include any work carried out on weekends and bank holidays.

Before CDM15, notification was the responsibility of the CDM Coordinator, notification triggering the need for a Principal Contractor & CDM Coordinator to be appointed, this is no longer the case. Where previously connected, appointment and notification processes are now divorced from one another, the client is accountable for their actions irrespective of who carries out the duties on the clients behalf.

Notification under CDM15 is the client’s responsibility, although it is common practice for the client to commission a competent professional to execute this responsibility on behalf of them. The duty remains with the client although where the client is domestic, the responsibility for notification is passed to the Contractor or Principal Contractor where more than one contractor is present including sub-contractors. Safer Sphere can provide this service as part of our Client CDM Support, gathering all the information required for notification and completing the necessary documentation to comply with CDM15 Regulation 6 and CDM15 Schedule 1, details of which are provided below.

1. The date of forwarding the notice.
2. The address of the construction site or precise description of its location.
3. The name of the local authority where the construction site is located.
4. A brief description of the project and the construction work that it entails.
5. The following contact details of the client: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
6. The following contact details of the principal designer: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
7. The following contact details of the principal contractor: name, address, telephone number and (if available) an email address.
8. The date planned for the start of the construction phase.
9. The time allocated by the client under regulation 4(1) for the construction work.
10. The planned duration of the construction phase.
11. The estimated maximum number of people at work on the construction site.
12. The planned number of contractors on the construction site.
13. The name and address of any contractor already appointed.
14. The name and address of any designer already appointed.
15. A declaration signed by or on behalf of the client that the client is aware of the client duties under these Regulations.

To be legally compliant, notification, once completed and updated as necessary, should be clearly displayed in the site office where anyone involved in the construction phase can have access to it.

Safer Sphere offer a full range of CDM services across the North West for construction projects of all sizes.

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