The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing the previous regulations which were CDM 2007. These regulations show people in construction work what they need to do in order to protect themselves from harm, and others who the work affects.
Whatever your role in construction, CDM 2015 aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to:
Other transitional arrangements can be found here.
Organisations or individuals can carry out the role of more than one duty holder, provided they have the skills, knowledge, experience and the organisational capability necessary to carry out those roles in a way that secures health and safety. Nearly everyone involved in construction projects has legal responsibilities under CDM 2015.
Here is a list of duty holders and how they are defined in the new legislation:
Accidents in the construction industry are very common, with around one third of all workplace fatalities occurring in the construction industry. That's one of the biggest reasons why you should comply with the CDM 2015 Regulations.
The HSE state the term 'designer' has a broad meaning in CDM 2015 Regulations. Here is what they say it can be;
Not only does it include architects and consulting engineers, but also quantity surveyors, building service engineers, temporary works engineers and others who specify the what's and the hows in detail.
Here are a few of the duties that a designer should consider that are listed in the new regulations:
By James Murphy
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