Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2015.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015.  In order to assist Dutyholders, the HSE have published draft legal guidance which is available on their website.

(N.B. The Regulations and the draft legal series guidance may be subject to change while the Regulations are awaiting Parliamentary approval. The final version of the legal series guidance to support CDM 2015 will be available on 6 April 2015).

So what is set to change?

  1. Principal designer. The replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role (under CDM 2007) by principal designer. This means that the responsibility for coordination of the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful construction project – will rest with an existing member of the design team.

  2. Client. The new Regulations recognise the influence and importance of the client  as the head of the supply chain and they are best placed to set standards throughout a project.

  3. Competence. This will be split into its component parts of skills, knowledge, training and      experience, and - if it relates to an organisation - organisational capability. This will provide clarity and help the industry to both assess  and demonstrate that construction project teams have the right attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project.

The technical standards set out in Part 4 of the new Regulations will remain essentially unchanged from those in guidance related to CDM 2007.

There are also a series of draft industry guides available [3] for the five dutyholders under CDM 2015, and one for workers. These are available before the Regulations come into force and may be subject to change.  They set out, in practical terms, what actions are required to deliver a safe and healthy construction project.

When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there are transitional arrangements [5] in place that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.

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