CDM REGULATIONS 2015 FOR ARCHITECTS & OTHER DESIGNERS

From 6th April 2015 the current CDM 2007 Coordinator duties will become the responsibility of architect practices or other designers appointed by the Client to the statutory role of ‘Principal Designer’ (CDM-PD).

These legal changes present both risks and opportunities for all architect and other design practices.

KEY CHANGES AFFECTING ARCHITECTS

The CDM Regulations 2015 spell out the actions required of Principal Designers include the following:

  • A Principal Designer (PD) must be appointed on ALL construction projects (both ‘business’ AND ‘domestic’) where there is more than one contractor;

The project architect is most likely to be appointed as PD.

  • Where a domestic client does not appoint a PD the designer with control of the pre-construction phase is deemed to be the PD;

The project architect is most likely to be deemed the PD.

PRINCIPAL DESIGNER RESPONSIBILITIES

The PD is required to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the project pre-construction phase to ensure:

  • the project is carried out without risks to health or safety;
  • pre-construction information preparation and provision;
  • identification, elimination, or control of foreseeable risks;
  • cooperation of all persons working on the project;
  • compliance of all designers with their duties;
  • preparation and revision of a health safety file; and
  • liaison with principal contractor e.g. information for construction phase plan.

HSE estimated that 1 million additional small projects will require the appointment of a PD each year.

Summary of CDM regulations 2015

HOW WE CAN ASSIST THE PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

PP Construction Safety Ltd has supported construction clients, CDM-Coordinators, designers and contractors since 2007 including our Safety Through Design CPD training sessions for architects.

We are well placed to provide architect practices with the necessary ongoing advice and construction health and safety knowledge to enable cost-effective delivery of the new Principal Designer duties.

Do call me on 01462 612381 to discuss your needs.

Best wishes

Philip Poynter MSc DipSH CMIOSH and OSHCR
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