With the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations now holding developers increasingly accountable for construction site safety, it’s vital that businesses familiarise themselves with the new regulations and industry guidance.
What do these regulations mean?
The regulations state that developers involved in projects beginning after April 6 2015 will have to ensure construction projects are completed without impacting on the health, safety and welfare of those working on-site.
On large-scale projects, developers must appoint principal designers and principal contractors at the start of the construction phase, providing them with enough time to plan and manage projects. Developers must also ensure that contractors have the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out the work in a way that promotes health and safety.
The property developer’s responsibilities
Whether a property developer is an individual or an organisation, they will face a number of duties in order to ensure that health, safety and welfare issues are appropriately accounted for in every project. Developers must:
- Make sure a plan is drawn up by the contractor before the construction phase begins and a designer prepares a health and safety file
- Provide pre-construction information as soon as possible to every designer and contractor appointed
- Make suitable arrangements for managing a project including allocation of time and resources
- Ensure standards are maintained and reviewed throughout the duration of the project
- Take reasonable steps to ensure that the principal designer and contractor comply with duties
The construction plan should reflect the project’s size and the amount of risk involved. As a result, simple projects will not need to be accompanied by an elaborate plan.
Working with designers and contractors
Although the developer must oversee the management of construction environments, designers and contractors will have their own responsibilities, many of which will aid and assist the developer while continuing to maintain health and safety standards.
Developers looking to ensure contractors and designers are complying with the regulations should do the following:
- Manage the risks by applying the general principles of prevention
- Appoint the right people and organisations at the right time
- Make sure that all workers have the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out their jobs in a way that secures health and safety
- Encourage duty-holders to cooperate and communicate with each other and coordinate their work
- Consult workers and engage with them to promote and develop effective measures to secure health, safety and welfare
It’s vital that property developers familiarise themselves with the regulations so that they can administer the changes effectively. Those that need further guidance to oversee health and safety management can request the support of a CDM advisor.
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