The Health & Safety Hub


CDM 2015 regulations

The CDM or Construction Design Management Regulations 2015 is a legal framework to govern and control Health and Safety within and form of construction. The regulations ensure Health and safety is planned and managed from the very start of a project and places very specific duties on all those involved.

Construction work primarily refers to the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes: The construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure. Although other areas such as the installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer or similar services which are normally fixed within or to a structure will also fall under the CDM Regulations

A “Client” is the individual or organisation for whom a construction project is carried out and they must make suitable arrangements to ensure Health and Safety is managed throughout the entire project. A Principal Designer has knowledge of construction and design and assists the client at the pre-construction stage to ensure health and safety is managed. A Principal Contractor is responsible for managing Health and Safety on the construction site during the construction work.

The Health and Safety Hub has a full suite of documents and information to ensure you understand the role you are performing and to help you comply with the regulations. We also offer CDM training sessions to accompany the documentation for all the major roles to make sure you understand what is required.

The principle behind the CDM 2015 Regulations is to promote good communication between all parties involved on a project and ensure all information that could have an influence on health and safety is passed to those that need it. This “pre-planning” is used correctly will help to manage not only health and Safety but the entire project as it will be planned in greater detail from an earlier start point and foreseeable issues will be identified at an early stage meaning less accidents and a greater likelihood of the project finishing on time and on budget.

The HSE have taken a strong stance of breaches in the CDM regulations as with other Health and Safety infringements and due to a change in the sentencing guidelines introduced in November 2018 an organisation can be fined up to 10% of its gross annual turnover and in extreme cases where a person dies and a case of gross negligence or corporate manslaughter is brought, a person (including directors) could now face a maximum prison sentence of 18 years depending on their level of culpability.