You’ve chosen your initial design concept; the equipment and furniture specification are underway, and you are at the point of installation of your dream project. But are you aware of your legal responsibilities as a client before any work can commence?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish.

In terms of the organisation of projects, the most significant change is the replacement of the role of ‘CDM Coordinator’ with a new role of ‘Principal Designer.’ The reason for the change is to give responsibility for CDM during the design phase to an individual that has the ability to influence the design.

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Safety on site is paramount. As Principal Designer it is our responsibility to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase, to coordinate health and safety.

But before you can understand your duties, it’s important to clarify the Duty Holders, all of which will be involved in the project.

Duty Holders Under CDM 2015

So, what are your duties?

Under CDM 2015 regulations, as a client you must:

  • Make suitable arrangements for managing the project in relation to health and safety including allocation of sufficient time and resources.
  • Ensure arrangements are maintained and reviewed during the project.
  • Provide Pre-Construction information as soon as is reasonably possible, to every Designer and Contractor appointed.
  • Failure to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor results in these roles and associated duties defaulting to you, the client.
  • Ensure that before the construction phase begins, a suitable construction plan is in place, prepared by the Contractor or Principal Contractor.
  • The Principal Designer prepares a Health and Safety file for the project, that the file is reviewed/revised as necessary and kept available for inspection for those who need it.
  • Ensure that the Health and Safety file is passed on when structure is sold/passed onto a new client.
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comply with their duties.
  • Where there is more than one Client, one or more of the Clients may agree in writing to be treated for the purpose of these regulations as the only client or clients.
  • Notify the project to the appropriate Regulator and ensure a copy is displayed on site, updating as necessary.

Further information on client duties can be found here

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