The Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 came into effect in April 2015, but still, many contractors are not aware of its implications. The regulations are an improvement of the CDM 2007 and mandatory for any type of construction project.
That means it also includes any renovation or remodeling work too.
What regulations do i need to implement?
The CDM Regulations 2015 promotes safety while reducing risks in the construction industry through some rules. They are applicable from the design stage till the completion of the project and cover a broad area.
Emphasis is laid on employing the right people, creating a good team, risk management, efficient communication to achieve the goals. It also defines the role of each stakeholder of the construction project so that the work is completed with minimum hazards.
Do i have to comply with CDM regulations 2015?
Failing to comply with the CDM Regulations increases the risk of accidents and legal hassles. You can be putting the life of the laborers at risk skipping steps like on-site risk assessment.
Apart from serious injuries, you can also be held legally liable for such accidents when you don’t comply with the regulations.
Your business reputation will be at stake and you would have already breached the terms included in the Which? Trusted Traders Code of Conduct. Moreover, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can begin enforcement action against you.
How can i comply with CDM Regulations 2015?
HSE has a detailed guide to the rules and action points you need to take care of on their website. You need to work with others to manage the project so that the safety terms are met. It also includes preparation of the construction-phase plan to assess risk.
We will give a brief overview of the roles different parties need to play out for to comply with the rules.
Duties of Designer
A designer is needed to carefully plan the construction project cutting down the possible risks. The focus of the design should be to control, prevent or lower risks as much as possible through the planning phase.
The design should also implement preventive measures to reduce risk to laborers and contractors.
Designers can use building information modeling (BIM) solutions which allow visual assessment of risk. It can be used to identify risk factors of various building components right in the conception stage.
You can also go for BIM consulting service if your designer lacks BIM skills.
Role of Contractor
The contractor and the sub-contractor are responsible for managing health and safety at the construction site. Their most important job is to create a Construction Phase Plan (CPP) and maintain a proper health and safety file.
The contractor should also communicate with the designer about any design or structural changes which might affect the regulations. If sub-contractors are employed, they need to be made aware of the CPP.
You can take help of the CDM Wizard app from the Construction Industry Training Board to manage your project too.