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Health & Safety (CDMC)

CDM Overview

CDM (Construction [Design & Management] Regulations 2007) is the current Health & Safety legislation regarding the construction work in the UK. CDM deals with the organisation and planning phases of building and construction work and there are many related regulations, it also requires many projects to be notified to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).

Coppard Giles are experienced CDM Coordinators (CDMC) having undertaken this role on projects as diverse as school alterations to hospital extensions. Acting in this role Coppard Giles advise the Client of their responsibilities and make the necessary HSE notifications on Client’s behalf. We are registered with the Institution of Construction Safety: one of our Directors being full Corporate member.

The regulations place many obligations on several different parties, the main being Client, Designers, Contractors and CDM Co-ordinator.

Client

CDM clearly requires Clients to take a proactive role in keeping their projects as safe as possible. Client obligations include:

  • Appoint a CDM Co-ordinator as early as possible
  • Ensure CDMC is competent.
  • Ensure design team is competent.
  • Ensure Contractor is competent.

Coppard Giles can assist Clients in meeting these obligations both by virtue of our experience and activity as a CDMC, but also with the CDMC Assessment Toolkit provided by the Institution of Construction Safety.

Legal Information

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM2007) came into force on 6th April 2007. They replaced the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM94) and the Construction (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1996 (CHSW.)

The key aim of CDM2007 is to integrate Health & Safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together. The Regulations require that Health & Safety is integrated into the design and managed throughout all stages of a project from inception, design planning and through to site work and subsequent use maintenance and repair of a property.

Responsibilities

CDM affects everyone who takes part in the construction process and places legal liabilities upon them, including the Client, the Designers and the Contractors. Clients and their professional advisers cannot place the responsibility for Health & Safety solely on the shoulders of Contractors, as has sometimes been attempted in the past.

CDM Coordinator (CDMC)

The CDMC role has been created by the act to ensure liaison between the various parties and must be appointed as early as possible in a proposed project.

Coppard Giles are experienced CDM Coordinators (CDMC) having undertaken this role on projects as diverse as school alterations to hospital extensions. Acting in this role Coppard Giles advise the Client of their responsibilities. The Regulations require the appointment to take place as soon as is practicable after the project has begun.

The role of CDMC is the key project adviser in respect of Construction Health & Safety management matters. In this role Coppard Giles provide a variety of activities such as:

  • Assist and advise Clients on the appointment of competent design team.
  • Assess and advise Clients competency of contractors.
  • Advising if projects need to be notified to the HSE , done via F10 notification process.
  • Coordinate the design process in respect of Health & Safety, both for construction stages and once the building is in use.
  • Ensure the correct preparation of the Health & Safety file on completion.

Through early involvement with Clients and designers an effective CDMC can make a significant contribution to reducing the risk to workers during construction, and to contractors and end users who work on, or in, the structure after construction.

Coppard Giles undertake the role of CDMC in relation to their own construction projects and also where the design process is undertaken by other consultants.