CDM 2015 Construction Industry Update

Kim Turnbull
With the New Year fast approaching, Faithful+Gould's safety services thought it appropriate to provide an update on the development of CDM 2015 Regulations.

The exact wording of the regulations and their confirmed implementation date continues to prove allusive from the HSE. We continue to monitor any 'breaking news' in order to remain as current as possible. Our latest understanding is that duty holder guidance documentation following a number of revisions is nearing sign off. The timescales currently being quoted are;

  • 'L' series publication with the new CDM regulations within - issued early January 2015
  • Six duty holders (client, principal designer, designer, principal contractor, contractor, worker) guidance documents - issued early January 2015
  • CDM 2015 Regulations - Legalised April 2015
  • Small Approved Code of Practice - implemented after April 2015 when HSE funds permit
  • Six month transitional period for all projects underway from date of implementation. For all new projects the enforcement of regulations once CDM 2015 becomes law is immediate

In order to be as prepared as possible Faithful+Gould has interrogated the draft regulations and debated its findings with both clients and other parties within the construction industry. From this we have identified five key responsibilities within the CDM Consultant Role to help clients and Principal Designers discharge their new enhanced duties currently being proposed.

In order to be as prepared as possible Faithful+Gould has interrogated the draft regulations...

These responsibilities have been developed to assist clients and other duty holders to understand and work with the new regulations and to ensure the provision of independent safety support required to prevent Fees for Intervention (FFI). The responsibilities are adaptable and can adjust to suit any project procurement route or a particular project’s bespoke nature and complexity. These are;

  • Client CDM consultant-providing independent advice and undertaking the clients duties
  • Provision of support to designers trying to undertake the Principal Designer role
  • Provision of Health & Safety Construction Consultant Role - encompassing Principal Designer role, clients duties and wider construction safety compliance
  • Provision of Principal Designer role and safety support as part of Faithful+Gould one stop project management service
  • Advisory service to SME contractors and Principal Contractors

With the regulations still at draft status it could be that other hybrid versions of the above develop within the industry. To remain at the forefront of our service delivery in preparation we have developed a scope of service for each of the functions above and are in the process of updating our service delivery toolkit with new templates, procedures and processes to deliver the new role.

We can help you to explore the various scenarios available and assist you to discharge your duties in the most effective and safe manner...

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the proposed changes to the CDMC regulations and/or discuss our responsibilities as your Client CDMC Consultant in greater detail. We can help you to explore the various scenarios available and assist you to discharge your duties in the most effective and safe manner possible.

Whilst the industry waits for the regulations to be completed and signed off, we have been busy developing detailed training courses. When we have the legal documentation we will roll these out first to our own staff and then externally to you, our clients to enable us all to plan with certainty how we will be able to make CDM 2015 work to the benefit of us all in the industry.

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