On the 6th April 2015 The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force replacing CDM 2007. CDM 2015 will apply to all projects (domestic and non domestic) with the role of the CDM Co-Ordinator being replaced with the introduction of a new duty holder, the Principal Designer.
The role of the Principal Designer is similar to that of the previous CDM Co-Ordinator but with much more focus on the pre-construction phase and is appointed in writing by the client to carry out their duties. The Principal Designer can be an organisation, or on smaller projects could be an individual that has the technical knowledge, skills and understanding to manage and co-ordinate the pre- construction phase.
The main changes to the regulations are that all projects (domestic and non domestic, notifiable and not notifiable) must have a written construction phase plan which reflects the complexity of the work to be completed. A health and safety file will be required on projects where more than one contractor is involved.
There will be a transitional period from 6th April 2015 – 6th October 2015
Please contact MSAS for any advice and support you require on the management of your CDM 2015 arrangements.