The CDM Regulations 2015

The CDM Regulations 2015 came into force on the 6th April 2015 replacing the 2007 regulations.  Wurkplace’s Health and Safety Consultants assist businesses in the construction industry to stay compliant with the these Regulations.

The objectives of the CDM Regulations 2015 are to:

  • Maintain and improve worker protection
  • Simplify the regulatory package
  • Improve health and safety standards on small construction sites
  • Amend CDM 2007 to correct non-compliance with the temporary or mobile construction sites directive:
    • The directive does not allow domestic clients to be exempt, and
    • The directive requires a coordinator whenever there is more than one contractor
  • Discover the bureaucracy, and
  • Support the strategic objectives of improved coordination, better value for money, improved efficiency and procurement and the use of technological changes (e.g. building information (BIM))

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The Key changes are:

  • The regulations now apply to any project with two or more contractors
  • Domestic clients, previously exempt from the Regulations, will now have to comply
  • A new role is created, the principle Designers, who becomes responsible for many duties previously those of the CDM coordinator
  • Some duties formerly carried out by the CDM coordinator will become the direct responsibility of the client

New regulations set out that it is the client’s duty to make suitable arrangements for managing a project and maintaining and reviewing them for its duration so that it is carried out in a way that manages the health and safety risks involved. For projects involving more than one contractor, these regulations require the client to appoint a principal designer and a principal contractor and to make sure that they carry out their duties.

For further information and advice on the CDM Regulations 2015, email healthandsafety@wurkplace.co.uk or submit a call back request here.

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