Frequently Asked Questions on CDM 2015

With the changes to the regulations in 2015 we have pulled together some frequently asked questions regarding the changes to the CDM regulations! This should give you a clearer idea of what has changed and what should be done to ensure you are compliant with the different regulations.

What are the Transitional Arrangements for CDM Coordinators?

When CDM 2015 comes into force on 6 April 2015, there will be a transitional period that will run for six months from 6 April 2015 to 6 October 2015.

For projects starting before 6 April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and the client has not yet appointed a CDM co-ordinator, the client must appoint a principal designer as soon as it is practicable.

Who can be a Principal Designer?

The Principal Designer (PD) must be a designer as defined in the Regulations – i.e. anyone who as part of their business:

a) prepares or modifies a design;
b) arranges for, or instructs, any person under their control to do so.

I am a Client, but am not confident about carrying out my duties. What can I do?

CDM 2015 makes non-domestic clients responsible for some of the duties previously carried out by your CDM Co-ordinator.

  • You must ensure that construction work is carried out, so far as reasonably practicable, without  risk to the health and safety of workers;
  • Notification of Project (Form F10) – now required prior to commencement of construction;
  • Ensuring that the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with their duties;
  • Provide pre-construction information;
  • Ensuring that a Construction Phase Plan is prepared by the Principal Contractor prior to commencement of construction;

I am a Client and want to keep my existing CDM Co-ordinator on board? Can I do this under CDM2015?

You have already established that your CDM-C has the necessary skillset to manage pre-construction health and safety, and you wish to continue that relationship. If your CDM-C consultant is an APS member, then they have been accredited through a set of parameters covering their knowledge, skills and experience in construction Health and Safety Risk Management. An APS RMaPS accredited member will be required to sit a further examination to maintain their membership at this level and to demonstrate that they are capable of undertaking a role under CDM2015.

Seaham Safety hope this has gave you an understanding of what has changed and who has extra responsibilities within the changes to the regulations! To find out more about these questions follow this link to Assosiation for project safety’s website!

Click here for APS’s Website