Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
What is a CDM Client?
A Client under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as;
“A commercial client is any individual or organisation that carries out a construction project as part of a business.”
“A domestic client is any individual who has construction work carried out on their home, or the home of a family member, that is not done as part of any business.” Domestic Client’s duties are normally transferred to the Contractor, where there is one, or Principal Contractor, where there is more than one contractor working onsite.
Duties of CDM Commercial Client
A Commercial Client is responsible for making suitable arrangements for managing their project, thus enabling their project team to manage health and safety risks in a proportionate way. These arrangements must include:
- The Commercial Client is responsible for sending F10 notification of the project to the HSE, except in circumstances where a written agreement has been made for the Principal Designer or Principal Contractor to assume this duty.
- Projects are notifiable under CDM; where planned construction work will last longer than 30 working days and involves more than 20 workers at any one time; or where the work exceeds 500 individual worker days).
- Assessing and appointing the competent contractors and designers for the project and ensuring they have the skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability.
- Assessing and formally appointing the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor on projects involving more than one contractor (as above).
- Allowing sufficient time and resources for each stage of the project.
- Making sure that any Principal designer and Principal contractor appointed carry out their duties in managing the project.
- Making sure suitable welfare facilities are provided for the duration of the construction work.
- Maintain and review the management arrangements for the duration of the project.
- Provide Pre-Construction Information to every Designer and Contractor either bidding for the work or already appointed to the project.
- Ensure that the Principal Contractor or Contractor (for single contractor projects) develops the project Construction Phase Plan before that phase begins.
- Ensure that the Principal Designer prepares a Health and Safety File for the project and;
- That it is revised as necessary.
- Readily available to anyone who needs it for subsequent work at the site.
- Is passed on with the project/asset if it is sold/disposed of in the future.
Supporting Clients with Tailored Support
We have extensive experience of supporting Clients with their CDM duties and monitoring compliance on projects ranging from small up to very large multi-site complex frameworks.
We can tailor our service towards the needs of our clients to ensure the right level of support. From passively monitoring by attending meetings on your behalf, through to undertaking Site Safety Inspections/Visits, to conducting regular Principal Designer and Principal Contractor compliance audits throughout the project lifecycle to ensure your project team is complying fully with CDM 2015.
Please contact us to discuss your project needs.