Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
What is a CDM Principal Contractor?
A Principal Contractor is defined under the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015 as the Contractor “appointed by the Client to control the Construction Phase of any project involving more than one contractor.” HSE
Ultimate Control during Construction
CDM Principal Contractors have the ultimate responsibility for managing Health, Safety and Welfare risks during the Construction Phase of the project. Principal Contractors must be competent, therefore the Principal Contractor must be able to demonstrate appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out the work.
CDM Principal Contractor Duties
The CDM Principal Contractor must:
- Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the entire Construction Phase of the project.
- Ensure that all project related Health, Safety and welfare risks and identified and controlled to ensure that everyone affected by the work, including members of the public are safe.
- Liaise with the Client and Principal Designer throughout the lifecycle of the project to ensure that all risks are effectively managed.
Prepare a written Construction Phase Plan before the site is setup and the Construction Phase commences.
- The Construction Phase Plan must be implemented, and then regularly reviewed and revised to ensure it remains fit for purpose.
- Ensure that ongoing arrangements are in place for managing Health, Safety and Welfare throughout the Construction Phase of the project.
- Consult and engage with workers about regarding Health, Safety and Welfare.
- Ensure that suitable Welfare facilities are provided from the start and maintained throughout the Construction Phase of the project.
- Verify that everyone they appoint (directly or indirectly) is competent; i.e. has the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out their work safely and without risk to health.
- Ensure that all workers have site-specific inductions, and any further information and training they require to undertake their work safely.
- Ensure that the project site is secure throughout the lifecycle of the project to prevent unauthorised access.
- Liaise with the Principal Designer to share all information relevant to the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of the Pre-Construction Phase.
Domestic Client Projects
When appointed by a Domestic Client under CDM 2015 the Principal Contractor should adopt the Client duties on behalf of the Domestic Client in addition to their own as Principal Contractor.
If the Domestic Client does not appoint a Principal Contractor, the role of the Principal Contractor must be adopted by the contractor that has control of the Construction Phase of the project.
Alternatively, the Domestic Client can formally request that the Principal Designer adopts the Client’s duties on their behalf (although this must be confirmed in a written agreement) and that the Principal Contractor must work with the Principal Designer as CDM ‘Client’ under CDM 2015.
CDM Business as Usual
Although the Principal Contractor’s duties have barely changed with the introduction of CDM 2015, the duties can still be put considerable strain on even the most seasoned Contractors. We are here to help and support you to comply with your duties and deliver your project on time, on budget and within brief.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help.