The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) cover the management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects. This replaced the Construction 2007 regulations.
The main purpose of the new CDM 2015 Regulations was about health and safety improvement and in summary the following key principles were introduced…
- Sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time
- Cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- Communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
- The changes were quite substantial and it’s important to know what you are responsible for under the new regulations.
Did you know for instance that there are new imperatives such as…
- If more than one contractor will be involved, you will need to appoint (in writing) a principal designer and a principal contractor.
- A principal designer is required to plan, manage and coordinate the planning and design work.
- A principal contractor is required to plan, manage and coordinate the construction work.
- The principal contractor (or contractor if there is only one contractor) has to draw up a plan explaining how health and safety risks will be managed (including obtaining the underground utility searches etc)
- Work lasting longer than 30 days with more than 20 workers working at the same time, or involving more than 500 person days of work needs to be notified to the HSE before construction work starts
And detailed regulations such as…
- You need to make sure ladders are in good condition, at a 1:4 angle and tied or footed
- You must prevent dust by using wet cutting and vacuum extraction on tools; use a vacuum cleaner rather than sweeping; use a suitable, well-fitting mask.
- Protect members of the public, the client, and others by securing the site; net scaffolds and use rubbish chutes