CDM 2015 changes are now active!

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force yesterday on the 6th April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. The legal requirements for CDM 2015 highlights the following phases:

  • the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion
  • what each dutyholder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety

Written construction phase plans will be required for all construction projects (including domestic client work) and a principal designer and principal contractor appointed when there is more than one contractor on a project.

In addition, employers will be expected to provide information, instruction and supervision for workers and to meet any gap in skills and knowledge through the appropriate training.

The CITB has made available six draft guides for the main parties involved: the five duty holders — clients, contractors, designers, principal contractors and principal designers — and workers.

They can all be found at http://bit.ly/1wOLFV3.

The CITB has made it clear that there will be a transitional period after the new regulations come into force and that this will run for six months until 6 October 2015.

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

Further draft guidance on CDM 2015 is available from the HSE and can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1DP8D34.

JPG Group wish to highlight the changes so businesses can make sure employees understand their duties and how this will affect what they do.