HSE has today (9th Jan) published Legal (L) Series guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015. The guide is being made available before the Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015 to help anyone who has duties under the Regulations to prepare in advance.
The CDM 2015 Regulations have been amended following consultation although the Regulations and guide may be subject to change while the Regulations are awaiting Parliamentary approval.
The final version of the Legal series guidance will be available on 6 April 2015. The following are key changes:
- Principal designer – replacement of the CDM co-ordinator by principal designer. Responsibility for coordination of the pre-construction phase will therefore rest with an existing member of the design team;
- Client – recognition of the influence and importance of the client as head of the supply chain and best placed to set standards throughout a project; and
- Competence – split into component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience and organisational capability.
The technical standards set out in Part 4 of the new Regulations will remain essentially unchanged from those in guidance related to CDM 2007.
Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction said:
“The guidance may be subject to change while the regulations are awaiting parliamentary approval but we want duty holders to have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the main requirements before they come into force.
In addition we have worked with the industry to produce guidance to assist small businesses. Both sets of guidance complement each other and will help anyone affected by CDM 2015 to prepare for the changes in the law”
When CDM 2015 comes into force transitional arrangements will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.
The industry guidance for each CDM 2015 duty holder has also been published today ((9th Jan 2015).
CDM 2015 Information and Templates
See CDM 2015 Survey Results for the findings of our CDM 2015 Five Minute Online Survey.
We have published a great deal of further information and templates designed to support Clients, Designers, Principal Designers/Contractors and Contractors in meeting their duties under CDM Regulations 2015.