The new Construction (Design & Management) regulations became law on 6th April, 2007.

CDM 2007 places legal duties on virtually everyone involved in non-domestic construction work.

The important point under the terms of the Regulations is that the definition of ‘construction work’ is wide and includes:

  • alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration, some types of cleaning, and demolition
  • preparatory work, including site clearance, exploration and investigation
  • the assembly on site of prefabricated elements to form a structure
  • the installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas or other installations, which are normally fixed within or to a structure.

Notice to Businesses (Clients) and Contractors!

Is your project classed as construction work and does it involve any of the following:

  • Work which lasts more than 30 days on site?
  • Work which will involve more than 500 person days - including holidays and weekends?
Many small projects fall within the scope of
these criteria.

If so, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must be notified and a CDM Co-ordinator must be appointed.

What is a CDM Co-ordinator?

A CDM Co-ordinator is the client’s source of competent safety advice and assistance. His duties include:

  • Advising and assisting the client with their duties;
  • Notifying details of the project to the HSE
  • Co-ordinating health and safety aspects of design work and co-operating with others involved with the project;
  • Facilitating good communication between the client, designers and contractors;
  • Liaison with the principal contractor regarding ongoing design work;
  • Identifying, collecting and passing on pre-construction information
  • Preparing and updating the legally required Health & Safety file.

PASS Consultancy is able to undertake the role of CDM Co-ordinator on all small and medium projects.