The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) came into force in April 2015 and apply to all construction work, no matter if the project is large or small. The regulations are designed to ensure that health and safety is an integral part of every project from the start. The provisions in the regulations are intended to make sure everyone works together on health and safety, and manages risk to anyone working on your team.
If the regulations are followed, this will make it easier to consult and engage with workers about risk, and to communicate health and safety information effectively with those who need to know.
If you carry out any construction activity as part of a business, the commercial part of the regulations apply to you. You must ensure that the work can be carried out without risks to the health and safety of anyone involved in the project, as far as is practicable.
You must provide pre-construction information as soon as possible to every designer and contractor appointed to work on the project, including those you are considering for appointment. You also need to make sure that before the construction phase begins, the principal designer prepares a compliant health and safety file for the project, which is kept up-to-date and available for inspection- something that a designer may not have the skill set to deliver unsupported.
As a commercial client, you are in charge, and ultimate legal responsibility is yours if there is any problem. Ensuring that all your team have the right skills for the job is up to you. Failure to comply with the regulations could be costly, cause delays or lead to ill health and accidents.
This is a huge responsibility, and you may not have the right knowledge in your organisation to be certain you aren’t falling foul of the law. This is where employing a CDM advisor who knows the field and will provide you with the specialist advice you need can be invaluable.
Business Management Systems has CDM Advisors who can give your organisation advice you can trust.
Holding the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, and Technical Membership in the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Business Management Systems Health and safety advisors are all RoSPA trained.
With our expertise, you can have complete confidence that you are complying with the law and delivering a safe working environment as far as you can, to those working on site and anyone subsequently working on the building. We are a small and agile company that aims to build long-term relationships with our clients by offering them a consistently excellent level of service.
Why not get in touch with us today to discuss how we can support you with your construction project?
Business Management Systems provide CDM Advisors based in Redditch Worcestershire, and can be contacted by email at email@example.com, by phone on 01527 916 201, or simply use our contact form.