The Construction (Design and Management)
Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) cover the management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects. CDM 2015 replaced the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) from 6 April 2015, from this date, the Approved Code of Practice which provided supporting guidance on CDM 2007 was withdrawn.

Whatever your role in construction, CDM 2015 aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to:

  • sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
  • have the right people for the right job at the right time
  • cooperate and coordinate your work with others
  • have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
  • communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
  • consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed

The changes from CDM 2007 to CDM 2015 were substantial, the Health and Safety Executives guidance on CDM 2015, ‘Managing health and safety in construction - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015’, provides advice on how the law is to be complied with.

The guidance, which includes the CDM Regulations 2015, is available to view at the Health and Safety Executive website and includes:-

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

The guidance content is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Part 1 - Commencement, interpretation and application
    • Regulation 1 Citation and commencement
    • Regulation 2 Interpretation
    • Regulation 3 Application in and outside Great Britain
  • Part 2 - Client duties
    • Regulation 4 Client duties in relation to managing projects
    • Regulation 5 Appointment of the principal designer and the principal contractor
    • Regulation 6 Notification
    • Regulation 7 Application to domestic clients
  • Part 3 - Health & Safety Duties and Roles
    • Regulation 8 General duties
    • Regulation 9 Duties of designers
    • Regulation 10 Designs prepared or modified outside Great Britain
    • Regulation 11 Duties of a principal designer in relation to health and safety at the pre-construction phase
    • Regulation 12 Construction phase plan and health and safety file
    • Regulation 13 Duties of a principal contractor in relation to health and safety at the construction phase
    • Regulation 14 Principal contractor’s duties to consult and engage with workers
    • Regulation 15 Duties of contractors
  • Part 4 - General requirements for all construction sites
    • Regulation 16 Application of Part 4
    • Regulation 17 Safe places of construction work
    • Regulation 18 Good order and site security
    • Regulation 19 Stability of structures
    • Regulation 20 Demolition or dismantling
    • Regulation 21 Explosives
    • Regulation 22 Excavations
    • Regulation 23 Cofferdams and caissons
    • Regulation 24 Reports of inspections
    • Regulation 25 Energy distribution installations
    • Regulation 26 Prevention of drowning
    • Regulation 27 Traffic routes
    • Regulation 28 Vehicles
    • Regulation 29 Prevention of risk from fire, flooding or asphyxiation
    • Regulation 30 Emergency procedures
    • Regulation 31 Emergency routes and exits
    • Regulation 32 Fire detection and fire-fighting
    • Regulation 33 Fresh air
    • Regulation 34 Temperature and weather protection
    • Regulation 35 Lighting
  • Part 5 - General
    • Regulation 36 Enforcement in respect of fire
    • Regulation 37 Transitional and saving provisions
    • Regulation 38 Revocation and consequential amendments
    • Regulation 39 Review
  • Schedule 1 Particulars to be notified under regulation 6
  • Schedule 2 Minimum welfare facilities required for construction
  • Schedule 3 Work involving particular risks
  • Schedule 4 Transitional and saving provisions
  • Schedule 5 Amendments
  • Appendix 1 The general principles of prevention
  • Appendix 2 Pre-construction information
  • Appendix 3 Construction phase plan
  • Appendix 4 Health and safety file
  • Appendix 5 Working for domestic clients
  • Glossary of acronyms and terms
  • References
  • Further reading

CDM 2015 is divided into five parts:

  • Part 1 deals with the application of CDM 2015 and definitions
  • Part 2 covers the duties of clients for all construction projects. These duties apply in full for commercial clients. However, the duties for domestic clients normally pass to other duty holders
  • Part 3 covers the health and safety duties and roles of other duty holders, including:
    • Designers
    • Principal designers
    • Principal contractors
    • Contractors
  • Part 4 contains general requirements for all construction sites
  • Part 5 contains transitional arrangements and revocations

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