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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

On 6th April 2015 new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) were introduced, bringing significant changes in roles and responsibilities for clients involved in construction projects.

As a client the CDM 2015 Regulations require clients to have a greater responsibility for their construction work.
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What Clients need to know

For construction projects where it is anticipated that there will be more than one contractor involved, the client has a legal duty to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor. This appointment should be made as early in the design phase as possible, ideally before detailed design commences, to allow all Health & Safety aspects of the project to be considered.

Importantly, this duty applies to both commercial and domestic clients and if this appointment is not made the client may have to fulfil the duties of both the Principal Designer & Principal Contractor.

How Green Hat Consulting can help

The Green Hat team has a wide range of technical expertise within the Construction Industry that is able to help clients manage their responsibilities under CDM 2015.

Green Hat Consulting has the capability and track record to be appointed as Principal Designer at all stages of your construction project.

Green Hat Consulting can also be appointed as a CDM Advisor advising you in discharging your duties as a client and providing you the confidence that you are fully CDM 2015 compliant.

CDM 2015 Services provided by Green Hat Consulting

Principal Designer

Through our Principal Designer services, we can offer competent CDM Advice and assist with all planning, managing, monitoring and controlling of health and safety during pre-construction stage.

Specifically, we are able to:

Assist in the development of the initial brief

Assist in the development of the initial brief

Plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of the pre-construction phase

Plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of the pre-construction phase

Help clients identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information

Help clients identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information

Provide pre-construction information to designers, principal contractor and contractors

Provide pre-construction information to designers, principal contractor and contractors

Co-ordinate significant health and safety issues with the design team through to resolution

Co-ordinate significant health and safety issues with the design team through to resolution

Ensure that designers co-operate with each other and comply with CDM 2015

Ensure that designers co-operate with each other and comply with CDM 2015

Attend design review meetings

Attend design review meetings

Liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of our appointment

Liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of our appointment

Support the principal contractor in seeking and obtaining responses to health and safety queries from designers

Support the principal contractor in seeking and obtaining responses to health and safety queries from designers

Agree a format and compiling the statutory health and safety file for formal handover at project completion

Agree a format and compiling the statutory health and safety file for formal handover at project completion

Communicate our progress and raising awareness of potential health and safety issues

Communicate our progress and raising awareness of potential health and safety issues

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Pre-construction

CDM 2015 requires a client to identify and obtain pre-construction information. We offer support to do this and will also help collate the information for issue to the designers and the principal contractor for the construction phase.

Extra value

In addition to our CDM 2015 statutory duties as principal designer, we can also:

Provide a dedicated CDM 2015 consultant to each project, for the duration of each project

Provide a dedicated CDM 2015 consultant to each project, for the duration of each project

Ensure RIDDOR investigations are carried out and appropriate reporting is undertaken. Where necessary, we will intervene to ensure RIDDOR compliance to protect our clients’ interests

Ensure RIDDOR investigations are carried out and appropriate reporting is undertaken. Where necessary, we will intervene to ensure RIDDOR compliance to protect our clients’ interests

Arbitrate on client/principal contractor CDM and construction health and safety disputes

Arbitrate on client/principal contractor CDM and construction health and safety disputes

Undertake on-site CDM compliance inspections and report to our client

Undertake on-site CDM compliance inspections and report to our client

Provide telephone support to clients with regard to CDM 2015 and construction health and safety matters

Provide telephone support to clients with regard to CDM 2015 and construction health and safety matters

Deal with telephone and email queries within 24 hours

Deal with telephone and email queries within 24 hours

CDM Advice to the Client

If, as a client, you don’t need the full Principal Designer service but feel you need support and competent CDM advice, Green Hat Consulting can offer assistance in helping you discharge your duties as a client under the regulations and help you deliver safe and successful projects.

We can provide a wide range of services including assisting with all aspects of the construction process, from attendance at meetings with other dutyholders to site inspections, reviewing of documentation and reviewing welfare facilities.

We can act as your competent advisor in helping you discharge your CDM 2015 duties.

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Specifically, we are able to:

Ensure that construction work is carried out, so far as reasonably practicable, without risk to the health and safety of workers

Ensure that construction work is carried out, so far as reasonably practicable, without risk to the health and safety of workers

Complete and submit F10 notifications

Complete and submit F10 notifications

Ensure that all parties including Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with duties

Ensure that all parties including Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with duties

Advise on the suitability of construction phase plans from the Principal Contractor

Advise on the suitability of construction phase plans from the Principal Contractor

Ensuring suitable welfare facilities are on site prior to and during construction

Ensuring suitable welfare facilities are on site prior to and during construction

Ensuring that health and safety arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the whole project.

Ensuring that health and safety arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the whole project.

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