CDM Consultant to the Client
Our Client CDM Consultant service includes advice on ensuring contractors and designers have adequate skills, knowledge, experience, training and organisational capability, providing advice and assistance with ensuring the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor are undertaking their duties effectively by means of Construction Phase Plan reviews, design risk reviews and site safety inspections.
Over the last few years Eurosafe UK have acted as CDM Coordinator on over 8,000 different projects for a variety of Clients. These projects have ranged from large new build schemes in busy city centres to small refurbishments of pubs, restaurants and shops; from complex asbestos removal contracts to data cabling installations; and from major demolition to upmarket fit-outs for financial institutions. Therefore we have the knowledge, experience, skills and resources to assist the various duty holders under the regulations.
Below is a summary of the key requirements and duties within the regulations.
The Role of the Client
Clients are to make suitable arrangements for managing a project and maintaining and reviewing them for the project duration, so it is carried out in a way that manages health and safety risks. For projects involving more than one Contractor, these regulations require the Client to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor and to make sure they carry out their duties.
The Client must ensure that these arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project. The Client must also ensure that before the construction phase begins, a construction phase plan is drawn up by the Contractor (if there is only one Contractor), or by the Principal Contractor (if more than one Contractor is involved).
The Client must take reasonable steps to ensure that the Principal Designer complies with all of the Principal Designer duties in the regulations and the Principal Contractor complies with all other Principal Contractor duties in the regulations.
Appointment of Principal Designer and Principal Contractor
Where there is more than one Contractor, or if it is reasonably foreseeable that more than one contractor will be working on a project, the Client must appoint in writing:
- A designer with control over the pre-construction phase as Principal Designer; and
- A contractor as Principal Contractor.
The appointments must be made as soon as is practicable, and in any event, before the construction phase begins. If the Client fails to appoint a Principal Designer, the Client must fulfil the duties of the Principal Designer.
When is a Project Notifiable?
Regulation 6 of CDM 2015 sets out the duty that a Client has to notify the relevant enforcing authority of certain construction projects. A project is notifiable if the construction work on site is scheduled to last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project or it exceeds 500 person days. Where a project is notifiable, the Client must give notice in writing to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as soon as is practicable before the construction phase begins. The Client can request someone else do this on their behalf.
How can we assist you as the Client
Eurosafe are able to provide Clients with the assurance that they are complying with their duties under CDM 2015 this includes the following services:
- Dedicated CDM Advisor throughout the project
- Initial CDM compliance advice
- Contractor H&S assessments/pre-qualification
- F10 management
- Attendance at design team meetings
- Design risk reviews
- Site safety inspections and monitoring
- Review of Construction Phase Plans
- Review of risk assessments/method statements (RAMS)
- Managing and reviewing Health and Safety File production