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CDM REGULATIONS 2015: WHAT DOES A PD LOOK LIKE?

designersPrincipal Designers must act the part and not the label

The CDM Regulations 2015 have generated a good deal of discussion and debate over who might legitimately be appointed CDM 2015 Principal Designer, particularly on larger construction projects.

Questions exercising minds have included:

  • Can a design organisation which is not a member of the project design team be appointed PD?
  • Must the lead designer automatically be appointed PD?
  • Can an organisation previously offering CDM Coordinator services be appointed PD?

These questions are not addressed directly in the Regulations nor in the HSE or Industry Guidance and there has so far been no published clarification provided by HSE.

PD must measure up to template

In the absence of further HSE guidance we suggest that project clients must check that the appointee can (and does) take the actions and demonstrates the behaviour required of the PD as set out in the CDM Regulations 2015 and the HSE / Industry Guidance.

The central requirement is that the PD must be a designer appointed by the client with control over the project pre-construction phase (PCP) in order to plan, manage and monitor the PCP and coordinate matters relating to H&S during the PCP. The PD must have the skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability, necessary to fulfil the role.

For convenience we have set out these requirements in our summary of Principal Designer Actions and Behaviour. Both Client and the appointed PD must be satisfied that these actions and behaviour are being delivered on the project.

It is also essential that the client project management arrangements include the allocation of sufficient resources for the appointee to undertake these extensive and new PD duties.

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.

 

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