The proposed changes to the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, due to come into force this April, will remove the role of the CDM Coordinator (CDMC).
The draft guidance, published by the Health & Safety Executive for consultation, shows that the CDMC’s duties have been distributed between the client and the new role of principal designer.
The HSE has given firms six months to appoint a principal designer on jobs already underway on the 6 April 2015.
“It is clear that, for the majority of commercial projects, the principal designer will need to have the skills, knowledge and experience of a CDM Coordinator at their disposal if they are to discharge the role effectively and in accordance with the new regulations,” said Association for Project Safety president Richard Wilks.
The draft regulations will now go before parliament and come into force on 6 April 2015, assuming there are no objections.
The key changes are:
- Some of the changes made to the draft regulations from the consultation proposals include:
- Greater emphasis on the principal designer being in control of the pre-construction phase.
- Clarification of default appointments on domestic projects and the contractor having to undertake the client duties.
- Introduction of a requirement for designers and principal designers having suitable skills, knowledge and experience.
- Clarification of the client’s duty to provide pre-construction information.
- The explicit requirement for principal designers to advise and assist clients with the preparation of pre-construction information and management arrangements for health and safety.
- Inclusion of transitional arrangements to allow existing project appointments to ‘run off’ before 6 October 2015.
Further advice and guidance on the CDM 2015 Regulations can be found at www.cdm2015.org.uk.