CDM2015 - Will you be ready? Part three (VIDEO)

In the third and final part of our series on the CDM2015 changes, Gerald Black (Technical Lead) and John Kinge (Technical Adviser) look at the changed role of the Principal Contractor .

Click here to see the first video about the general changes in the CDM regulations.

Click here to see the second video about the changed role of the Principal Designer

Click here to read a transcript of the video.

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CDM2015 Regulations: The Principal Contractor Will you be Ready? 

Gerald Black: Contractors change very little. The overall duties on site, the part four of the regulations change very little except they’ve been clarified a little bit better. I think it’s the clients who face the biggest problem.

John Kinge: The new regulations require that whenever more than one contractor is onsite at any one time the main contractor on that site will become the Principal Contractor. Will have responsibilities as a Principal Contractor to ensure that they are coordinating their work appropriately that they’re pulling together a Construction Phase plan. This will be awfully new to an awful lot of businesses as it will cover all sizes of organisations where they will be bringing another contractor on site.

Gerald Black: So if you have a plumber and an electrician that’s two contractors, unless they work for the same company but with the current climate of the industry most people are self-employed particularly on smaller jobs. So suddenly you’re having your kitchen done, you get an electrician in, and you get the plumber in, you get the guy who fits the units and now one of them has to be a Principal Contractor. Who’s going to take it on board? With all the management responsibilities.

John Kinge: There’s a lot of guidance, a lot of support going to be produced by the HSE and the industry to support those businesses through that. We don’t know the impact yet. It’ll be something that the industry will need to keep a close eye on to make sure that it’s not driving bureaucracy and that it’s providing a benefit in ensuring that these processes are being followed.

Gerald Black: The Principal Contractor duties change very little, except they will be on every job. They will have to have a Construction Phase plan for every job no matter how large. So no longer the simple method statement of risk assessments. They will need to produce a Health and Safety file or documentation for the safety file for any job where there’s more than one contractor but the duty to put it together now lies with the Principal Designer.

John Kinge: Principal Contractor role is something that’s going to impact our members in terms of their extra responsibilities but we will work hard utilising the guidance that we can produce, but also the guidance that the Health and Safety Executive will produce and the wider industry to ensure that we assist and support our members. When they’re working on behalf of our clients, on behalf of their clients to make sure that they meet their roles and responsibilities.

Post date: 07 Apr 2015

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