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CDM Advisor

The Principal Designer and the CDM Regulations

The CDM2015 Regulations which became fully operational on 6th October 2015, introduced the role of Principal Designer and incorporated the following statutory duties and responsibilities:

  • plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase
  • help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information, and provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties
  • work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work and, where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks
  • ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required
  • liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase"

The CDM Advisor to the Principal Designer

The depth of non-core knowledge together with the necessary skills and experience required, by any designer who has not previously practised as a CDM Co-ordinator, to fulfil these duties and responsibilities will naturally take time to acquire.

But what does a designer do in the meantime? Do they turn away commissions, because they do not have the requisite skills, knowledge and experience?

As an APS Registered Practice employing qualified professionals with over 20 years' knowledge and experience of offering CDM advice, we are able to offer the necessary CDM advice to Designers, in specific areas or over the entire project, to enhance their own expertise and enable them to confidently undertake their legal duties and responsibilities.

See 'Projects' page for examples of projects where Johnstons have offered CDM advice in previous years, in the role of CDM Co-ordinator and lately as CDM Advisors.

For more details of the services and advice we can offer please contact Gordon Clark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Client and the CDM Regulations

If you are a building owner, user or managing agent and are thinking about altering or extending a building or structure, putting up a new one or demolishing an existing one or carry out maintenance works, then the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) place a number of specific duties on you as the client.

The extent of these varies with the type of project involved – and for many clients, particularly those who only occasionally, or as a "one-off" project, have construction work done, you will be unfamiliar with the roles and responsibilities and may need an adviser available to help you deal with these.

On projects which employ more than one contractor you are required to appoint a Principal Contractor and in all cases you must appoint a Principal Designer to plan, manage and coordinate the planning and design works.

Failure to appoint the right people at the right time results in the Client being deemed to have taken on these roles themselves. From an early stage in the process we can advise and assist you with all of your duties, enabling you to fulfil your legal responsibilities.

The aim of these Regulations is to make Health and Safety an essential and integral part of the planning and management of projects and to make sure that everyone works together to reduce the risk to the Health and Safety of those who work on the structure, who may be affected by these works, or who will use it as a place of work once it's completed.

The CDM Advisor to the Client

This role requires technical knowledge of many aspects of the industry, an understanding of design and construction processes and the ability to communicate effectively. The CDM Regulations are primarily concerned with Health and Safety on the construction site.

Both Directors in Johnstons are Incorporated Members of the Association for Project Safety (APS) and the firm is also a Corporate Practice of the Association (APS) (See 'Accreditations' page).

As members of the APS since 1995, our Directors have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to help you fulfil your duties under the new CDM 2015 Regulations.

See 'Projects' page for examples of projects where Johnstons have offered CDM advice in previous years, in the role of CDM Co-ordinator and lately as CDM Advisors.

For more details of the services and advice we can offer please contact Gordon Clark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.