CDM for Clients

CDM Services for Clients

The CDM Regulations recognize the influence and importance of the Client as head of the project supply chain and as the party best placed to set standards throughout a project.

Because CDM 2015 has removed the role of CDM Co-ordinator the Client no longer has a key advisor via statute on matters relating to construction health and safety and risk management.

This means there will be increased health and safety responsibilities on Clients, which potentially places them with a greater burden of time, risk and cost.

CDM 2015 also makes Clients responsible for some of the duties that were previously undertaken by the CDM Co-ordinator. In accordance with CDM 2015 Clients must:

Ensure that construction work is carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable, without risk to the Health and Safety of workers or anyone else that may be affected by the works.
Ensure that the Principal Contractor and Principal Contractor comply with their respective duties.
Prepare a Client Brief which is a new requirement under CDM 2015; in accordance with the published CDM 2015 guidance this a statement of the Client’s requirements for the project e.g. design aspirations, budget, quality of workmanship, site considerations and management requirements etc. The Client Brief can be incorporated into a Summary Reference Document (or similar) prepared by the Client or Principal Designer to cross-reference the information contained in the Pre-Construction Information.
Ensure that there are suitable welfare facilities available on-site throughout the construction phase.
Ensure that the Principal Designer prepares a Health and Safety File.
Ensure that the HSE are notified about the project in accordance with Regulation 6 e.g. by way of an F10 notification.
Provide Pre-Construction Information; the Principal Designer has a duty to assist the Client provide PCI but this is the only duty they have in respect of assisting the Client discharge their duties.
Ensure that prior to the construction phase commencing the Principal Contractor has prepared a Construction Phase Plan.
Ensure that health and safety management arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project.
Take reasonable steps to be satisfied that Designers and Contractors have the skills, knowledge and experience and, if they are an organisation the organisational capability, necessary to fulfil the role that they are appointed to undertake.

Good To Know

With the exception of assisting the Client provide Pre-Construction Information none of these duties fall onto the Principal Designer, therefore the Client remains legally responsible for ensuring the relevant duties are effectively discharged without there being a statutory advisor within the framework of the Regulations to assist them.

This means there will be increased legal responsibilities on Clients, which potentially places them with a greater burden of time, risk and cost. As CDM Advisors we can assist Clients with discharging the reinforced duties they have under CDM 2015, ideally from being appointed at the

earliest opportunity during the pre-construction phase, as this is a critical period when some of the key decisions that affect health and safety management arrangements will be made, particularly those that relate to design and risk management considerations.



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