PM PROjEN are very well placed, as a Design Engineering and Project Management Business, to support clients migrating from CDM2007 to the new CDM Regulations (2015). The removal of the CDM Coordinator role is a key change that increases the responsibility for the Client and the Principal Designer, (a new duty holder under the 2015 Regulations).
PM PROjEN are able to act as or support Principal Designers with assistance and guidance in complying with the new CDM Regulations and many other relevant regulations that improve the safety of construction sites. PM PROjEN have always adopted CDM as best practice and endeavour to influence safer working in other industries. We are devoted to promoting, enhancing and managing Health and Safety in the construction industry, and the protection of the Environment, resulting in being RoSPA Award Winners since 2001.
The phasing out of the CDM Coordinator role and the introduction of the new Principal Designer role will no doubt prove to be a challenge to many, but we are here to help.
The following duty holder roles are summarised from the CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee) guidance which is freely available on the internet.
- Clients – CDM2015 defines a Client as anyone for whom a construction project is carried out. Unlike CDM2007, the new regulations apply to both commercial and domestic Clients. A commercial Client is an organisation, or individual, for whom a construction project is carried out in connection with a business, whether the business operates for profit or not. Examples of commercial Clients are landlords, retailers and schools.
Domestic Clients include those having work carried out which is not connected with running a Business. This usually means having work carried out on a property where you or a family member lives.
- Principal Designer – New role to CDM2015. The Principal Designer must be a designer on the project and should be in a position to control the design and planning stage.
The Principal Designer will usually be an organisation or, on smaller projects, an individual with:
- a technical knowledge of the construction industry, relevant to the project
- an understanding of how health and safety is managed through the design process
- the skills to be able to oversee health and safety during the pre-construction phase of the project and the ongoing design.