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As a property owner you may at some time require construction or even demolition work to be carried out on your behalf.
All construction and demolition work has to comply with the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM).
The principal aim of the updated CDM Regulations, is to raise the standard of construction health and safety management by trying to anticipate health and safety problems at the design stage.
When does CDM apply?
The notification trigger point (at which an F10 needs to be submitted to the Health and Safety Executive) has changed. It remains 30 days or 500 man days but now also includes instances where there are more than 20 persons on site. This notification is the client’s responsibility but previously would have been actioned by the now defunct CDM Co-ordinator role.
CDM also applies to any design work no matter how long the work lasts.
The CDM Regulations place duties on clients, designers, principal designer, principal contractors, contractors and the self employed to plan, co-ordinate and manage health and safety throughout all stages of a construction project. This also includes maintenance work after completion and ultimately the demolition of the structure.
As the property owner you will become the Client. This is anyone who has construction work carried out for them. The main duty for clients is to make sure their project is suitably managed, ensuring the health and safety of all who might be affected by the work, including members of the public. Commercial clients have construction work carried out as part of their business. Domestic clients have construction work carried out for them but not in connection with any business – usually work done on their own home or the home of a family member.
The client must:
Other Duty Holders are:-
An organisation or individual whose work involves preparing or modifying designs, drawings, specifications, bills of quantity or design calculations. Designs must be developed which avoid or minimise risks to health and safety during construction, maintenance and demolition. The designer must provide information about significant risks. Design includes the preparation of specifications and is not limited to drawings.
Principal designer –
A designer appointed by the client to control the pre-construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal designer’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when most design work is carried out.
Principal contractor –
A contractor appointed by the client to manage the construction phase on projects with more than one contractor. The principal contractor’s main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase, when all construction work takes place.
An individual or business in charge of carrying out construction work (eg building, altering, maintaining or demolishing). Anyone who manages this work or directly employs or engages construction workers is a contractor. Their main duty is to plan, manage and monitor the work under their control in a way that ensures the health and safety of anyone it might affect.
An individual who actually carries out the work involved in building, altering, maintaining or demolishing buildings or structures. Their duties include cooperating with their employer and other dutyholders, reporting anything they see that might endanger the health and safety of themselves or others. Workers must be consulted on matters affecting their health, safety and welfare.
Key Action Steps
Property owners will need to:
All of the above are published by the Health and Safety Executive and are available from https://books.hse.gov.uk/hse/public/home.jsf
This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.
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