The new CDM 2015 Regulations come into force on 6th April 2015 replacing the current CDM 2007 Regulations.
The main changes are:
- Creation of a new role of Principal Designer – this will replace the current role of CDM Coordinator. The Principal Designer will be responsible for planning, managing and coordinating health and safety during the pre-construction phase of the project and also the preparation of the Health and Safety File. Our new Principal Designer assessment criteria will be finalised shortly.
- For the first time the CDM regulations will apply to domestic client projects, e.g. homeowners arranging construction work on their own properties.
- The Regulations have specifically removed the competency requirement and replaced this with the requirement for ‘skills, knowledge and experience’, or if they are an organisation, ‘the organisational capability’. The HSE fully endorses the use of pre-qualification assessments by SSIP Forum member schemes as a sufficient way of assessing organisational capability. SSIP assessments are all judged on the core criteria approved by HSE.
There will a transitional period of six months to cover projects already underway on 6th April 2015 to allow for a smooth transition between the existing and the new regulations. For more information refer to http://www.citb.co.uk/health-safety-and-other-topics/health-safety/construction-design-and-management-regulations/cdm-guidance-documents/ and http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l153.htm
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