Construction (Design and
Management) Regulations 2007
All those who work in the construction industry
have their part to play looking after their own health and safety
and in improving the industry's health and safety record.
A CDM client is someone who is having construction
or building work carried out, unless they are a domestic client.
A domestic client is someone who lives, or will live, in the premises
where the work is carried out and the premises must not relate to
any trade, business or other undertaking. Although a domestic client
does not have duties under CDM, those who work for them on construction
Where projects are notifiable under CDM 2007,
- Appoint a CDM co-ordinator
- Appoint a principal contractor
- Make sure that construction work does not
start unless a construction phase plan is in place and there are
adequate welfare facilities on site
- Provide information relating to the health
and safety file to the CDM co-ordinator
- Retain and provide access to the health
and safety file
Duties of a CDM Co-ordinator
- To notify details of the project to the
HSE (Health and Safety Executive).
- To co-ordinate health and safety aspects
of design work and co-operate with others involved with the project.
- To facilitate good communication between
the client, designers and contractors.
- To liaise with the principal contractor
regarding ongoing design work.
- To identify, collect and pass on pre-construction
- To prepare/update the health and safety
The early appointment of a CDM Co-ordinator is crucial for effective
planning and the regulations require the appointment to take place
as soon as is practicable after initial design work or other preparation
for construction work has begun.
The CDM co-ordinator needs to be in a position
to co-ordinate the design work and advise on the suitability of
the designs, and therefore they should be appointed before significant
detailed design work begins.
Proper consideration of the health and safety
implications of the design for those who build and maintain the
structure will make a significant contribution to reducing its whole
life cost, and will make delivery to time, cost and quality more
If your project requires a CDM Co-ordinator, AFA
has the experience and expertise to help