CDM Regulations 2015 has replaced the CDM Regulations 2007 with revised duty holder responsibilities and also placed enhanced responsibilities on Clients.
BPP Construction Consultants, acting as Principal Designer, can offer a support service that assists Clients comply with their legal responsibilities.
The role of the Principal Designer replaces that of the CDM Coordinator taking on many of the CDM Coordinator’s previous responsibilities.
The Client has overall health and safety responsibility for the successful execution of a project with the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor taking the lead over different phases.
Before work starts on site, the Client is required to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor – while ensuring that these dutyholders are able to demonstrate that they meet the core requirements to comply with their duties.
Client duties include
• prepare a client brief
• make and maintain management arrangements
• raise a notification of project when applicable
• make suitable appointments of other dutyholders
• make sure sufficient time and resources are allocated
• ensure relevant information is prepared and provided to other dutyholders
• provide background pre-construction health and safety information
• ensure a construction phase plan is in place for the start of site works and is maintained
• ensure suitable site welfare facilities are in place throughout the construction period
• ensure the Principal Designer prepares a health and safety file, to be passed on when an asset is sold
Role of the Principal Designer
For construction sites where it is anticipated that there will be more than one contractor, Clients have a responsibility to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor.
The Principal Designer’s role is to plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of health and safety in the pre-construction design phase of the project (overlapping with construction).
In undertaking the role of Principal Designer BPP will assist the Client with the project set up, identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information and distribute, advise on missing information, co-ordinate health and safety, ensure designers comply with their duties, liaise with the Principal Contractor, prepare the health and safety file or pass responsibility to the Principal Contractor.
BPP Construction Consultants meets Principal Designer core requirements through having the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to carry out this role by taking into account the general principles of prevention and so far as is reasonably practicable helping to identify and eliminate or control foreseeable risks.