Embark CDM Services
CDM 2015 REGULATIONS
What are the CDM Regulations?
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects in the United Kingdom. In April 2015 the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replaced the 2007 regulations, bringing about a substantial change in the defined duty holders and their responsibilities to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their construction projects.
CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance
Key changes of the CDM Regulations 2015
The replacement of the CDM regulations in 2015 saw the removal of the CDM Coordinators role, and the introduction of the Principal Designer. Creating three main roles for managing health and safety of a construction projects, with the client having overall responsibility for the successful execution of the projects, and the Principal Designer (PD) and Principal Contractor (PC) leading during the different phases of the project.
All projects must have workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience (competency). Contractors providing the appropriate supervision, instruction and information, and a written construction phase plan
Projects with more than one contractor involved must have a principal designer and a principal contractor appointed and a health and safety file
If the planned work is scheduled to be longer than 30 working days, have more than 20 workers, working simultaneously at any point, or exceed 500 person days. Then the client is responsible to notify the Health and Safety Executive using the F10 notification.
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CDM ADVISORY SERVICES
Embark Consulting has developed a range of services that help to discharge your duties and enhance the Health and Safety in your projects.
By working in partnership with your team and supporting your
principal designers in their day‑to‑day role; providing expertise and
Our solution offers an independent and unbiased health and safety
advice, that can be tailored to suit your needs. Enabling flexibility
through a range of solutions, and enables you to upgrade the service
at any point throughout your project.
Whether you are an operator, developer, principal designer,
architect, client or contractor, we have a CDM advisory service to
suit; ranging from the standard solution to help you fulfil your CDM
duties, to additional options should you need them.
CORE CDM SERVICES
DEDICATED CDM ADVISOR
You will be allocated a dedicated CDM advisor who will be your single point of contact throughout the project. They will work closely with you to help ensure that you are doing everything to fulfil your duties as required by the CDM 2015 Regulations.
SITE HEALTH AND SAFETY SURVEYS
Your CDM advisor will undertake an initial visit to the proposed construction site to ascertain existing health and safety issues, and to identify where further information will be required prior to the start of construction.
Following a survey of the site, a report will be prepared for inclusion in the pre‑construction information, detailing potential health and safety issues identified using existing surveys and reports.
We will ensure that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is notified as appropriate, and that this notification is managed for the lifetime of your project.
REVIEW CONSTRUCTION PHASE PLAN
We will liaise with the principal contractor to ensure a suitable Construction Phase Plan is produced to enable work to begin on site.
HEALTH AND SAFETY FILE
All Health and Safety documentation will be collated into the Health and Safety File, which will be managed by us and available to your team via an online portal. The file will be prepared ready for the construction and operational phases of the project.
As your CDM Advisor, it is our concern that we ensure you have all the support you need, we will undertake a full review of all H&S, design documents and drawings and provide you with advice and comments
ADDITIONAL CDM SERVICES
DESIGN TEAM MEETINGS
Your CDM advisor will attend design meetings and offer CDM and health and safety expertise. They can assist designers in identifying health and safety risks and provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’, a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction.
CONSTRUCTION PHASE PLAN
The Construction Phase Plan is prepared in consultation with the
principal contractor to ensure that it is appropriate for the project, and is reviewed at health and safety site visits.
SITE INSPECTIONS AND MONITORING VISITS
Your CDM advisor will undertake regular site inspections to review any existing and potential health and safety risks, whilst ongoing site health checks will reassure the client that the principal designer is managing health and safety on site appropriately.
We will help to ensure that any contractors or designers that you
engage for your project have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. We will ask for references and examples of previous work to demonstrate capability.
Your CDM advisor will review health and safety information relating to your site to help ensure that documents are suitable and sufficient for the project. If these are not in place, they will provide guidance on the changes required.
To aid the design process and ensure that your project is “safe by design” we facilitate workshops with designers, client and all stake-holders to review designs from a safety and engineering
standpoint, brainstorming ‘what if’ scenarios and engraining the outputs into the design and construction phases.
The revision of the CDM Regulations in 2015 created a new duty holder, the PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, with the remit to be responsible for the effective coordination of health and safety during the design / pre-construction phase to ensure that the principles of prevention are actively promoted into the designs.
With a focus on the identification and elimination of hazards, followed by the reduction and control of residual risk arising from the design process.
The Principal Designer is not the lead designer, but a person or business responsible for ensuring the duty-holders (Client & Principal Contractor) are aware and understand their legal duty, that all parties effective communicate and ensures cooperation between all parties including designers / architects.
The Principal Designer must identify and eliminate or control foreseeable risks to the health and safety of any person:-
Carrying out or liable to be affected by construction work
Maintaining or cleaning a structure.
Using a structure designed as a workplace.
Ensuring that all designers comply with their duties, that all persons working in relation to the Pre-Construction Phase co-operate with the Client, Principal Designer and each other.
As the Principal Designer we will provide a management plan for the project detailing how Health and Safety aspects of the design will be monitored during the Pre-Construction Phase.
Initiate and facilitate design risk workshops at agreed project work stages, as required. The number and frequency of workshops will vary dependent on the size and complexity of a project.
A co-ordinated design risk register will be produced showing identified risks. This will be an auditable document updated at agreed intervals allowing the Principal Designer to demonstrate their risk analysis process.
Design risk workshops will address all design disciplines, ensuring they are identifying and eliminating the risks arising from their design.
Compiling the Pre-Construction Information on behalf of the Client. This will include the appraisal of existing survey information such as asbestos surveys, and will provide a comprehensive, cohesive document which can then be issued to the design team and tendering contractors at the relevant time.