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    STANDARD FOR SELECTING CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS

    BSI publishes specification for procuring all CDM 2015 services

    The National Standards Body for the United Kingdom, BSI has published PAS 91:2013+A1:2017 for application across the UK.

    The new free to download standard covers, for the first-time, the engagement of those design organisations to be appointed by the project client as Principal Designers under the CDM Regulations 2015.

    CDM 2015 requires that design and contractor organisations appointed to work on a construction project must have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience and organisational capability to fulfil the role that they are appointed to undertake.

    The client responsible for appointing the design and contractor organisations must take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that those parties have the necessary skills etc.

    The standard sets out the core health and safety related questions to be asked by CDM 2015 construction project clients and the evidence required to be satisfied that those appointed possess the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability to carry out the Principal Designer function.

    Successful prior assessment can reduce bureaucracy

    The new PAS 91 provides for acceptance by clients of relevant successful assessments by registered members of the Safety Schemes in Procurement Forum (SSIP), against the PAS sections which covers health and safety questions only.

    To help reduce cost and bureaucracy client compliance with PAS 91 includes acceptance of relevant, successful assessments by an SSIP registered member scheme in lieu of responses to the H&S question. This enables the clients to give additional attention to project-specific health and safety questions.

    PAS 91 states that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) supports SSIP, noting that suitable assessment of a supplier by an SSIP member assessor meets the client general requirement to exercise “reasonable judgment” based on the evidence provided.

    However, using an SSIP member-assessed scheme, or adopting PAS 91, does not remove client responsibility to ensure that a supplier is indeed “SSIP member assessed” and to enquire (as necessary) about the supplier’s health and safety capability to carry out specific projects.

    Further Information

    We have published further information designed to support Clients, Designers and Principal Designers in meeting their duties under CDM Regulations 2015.

     

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