CDM 2015 is now in force
The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) are now in force from yesterday, 6 April 2015. The final version of the Legal series guidance to support CDM 2015 is available here. What has changed? Principal designer: The replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role (under CDM 2007) by principal designer.
This means that the responsibility for co-ordination of the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful construction project – will rest with an existing member of the design team.
Client: The new Regulations recognise the influence and importance of the client as the head of the supply chain and they are best placed to set standards throughout a project.
Competence: This will be split into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience, and – if it relates to an organisation – organisational capability. This will provide clarity and help the industry to both assess and demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project. The technical standards set out in Part 4 of the new Regulations will remain essentially unchanged from those in guidance related to CDM 2007. HSE’s targeting and enforcement policy, as a proportionate and modern regulator, also remains unchanged.
Draft industry guidance There are a series of industry guides for duty holders under CDM 2015, and one for workers. They set out, in practical terms, what actions are required to deliver a safe and healthy construction project. HSE will also be working with stakeholders in the entertainments industry to provide specific guidance for these sectors.
When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there are transitional arrangements in place that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.