Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
What is a CDM Designer?
A Designer is defined by the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015 as “an organisation or individual whose business involves preparing or modifying designs for construction projects, or arranging for, or instructing, others to do this. Designs include drawings, design details, specifications, bills of quantity and design calculations.” Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Are You A CDM Designer?
A Designer under CDM can be;
- An architect.
- Consulting Engineer .
- Quantity Surveyors.
- Interior Designer.
- Or anyone who specifies, develops or alters designs and/or specifications as part of their work.
Principal Contractors, Contractors, Specialist Contractors, tradespeople or even commercial clients themselves can become Designers if they get actively involved in design work for a project.
Design Decisions Impact on Safety
A Designer’s decisions at any stage of the project can have an impact upon Health, Safety and Welfare of everyone involved in constructing, occupying and using, maintaining, refurbishing and eventually modifying or demolishing the building or asset. It could be said that Designers have the most influence over the Health, Safety and Welfare of a project, simply by making safety conscious decisions from the outset.
Supporting CDM Designers
We can provide advice and support to CDM Designers to help them comply with the regulations. Here are some examples of ways in which we can support the CDM Designers;
- Support Designers to ensure that all administrative duties are undertaken. e.g. making the client aware of their CDM 2015 Client duties before starting any design work.
- Support and advise Designers on how to interpret the Pre-Construction Information provided by the client and;
- Advise Designers how to eliminate foreseeable Design related risk.
- Advise Designers how to reduce or control risks that cannot be eliminated.
- Facilitate Risk Workshops to support Designers to;
- Identify risks that result from the Design work.
- Develop control measures for Design Risk
- To identify industrial Best Practice and standards with which they may be unfamiliar.
- Communicate Design Risk Information and Control Measures with the Principal Designer for inclusion in the Pre-Construction Information and the project Health and Safety File.
- Communicate Residual Design Risk Information to the Client, Principal Designer and/or Principal Contractor.
- Support and advise Designers working for a Domestic Client.
- Support Designers to develop management systems to ensure compliance with CDM.
- Undertake CDM Compliance audits.
Whether you are an experienced Designer under the CDM Regulations, or if you are undertaking CDM related Design for the first time, we can work with you to support you at every step on your journey to ensure that you comply with the regulations and deliver a great design at the end of the project.
Whatever support and guidance you need to assist you with CDM 2015 please contact us to discuss your requirement.