The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or ‘CDM 2015’ aim to improve health and safety in the industry by helping all stakeholders in a project to:
- sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- have the right people for the right job at the right time
- cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
All project participants, including the client, have legal obligations. In essence, it is all about incentivising better planning in advance of activity and information management and it tries to make sure that a client always has information to hand before any work is carried out. This plays a huge part in to protecting the safety of anyone that is taking part.
CDM 2015 makes the client accountable for the impact of their decisions and the approach they have on health, safety and welfare on the project. The client is not expected to be an expert, however the client is required to make suitable arrangements for managing the project so that health, safety and welfare is secured. Our clients achieve this by appointing Parity Projects to oversee the design process and to project manage the construction stage. Our approach is to make sure that all of the Client’s legal obligations are fulfilled as part of our standard project processes – for all jobs, no matter how small. All the client has to do is to review and sign off as appropriate.
You can get a full run down of the detail from the Health and Safety Executive here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/index.htm
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