CDM Regulations 2015 approved

Only an early day motion would now prevent them becoming enacted. Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

"We are able to support clients, designers and contractors alike, with any aspect of compliance with the proposed new legislation..."

Gerald Black, Construction Lead Santia

The proposed key changes are:

  • The CDM Coordinator role will be replaced by the Principal Designer but no duties will be lost, just transferred;
  • The exemption for ‘domestic’ clients will be removed;
  • The threshold for the notification of a project will change;
  • A Principal Contractor and a Principal Designer will need to be appointed whenever there is more than one contractor engaged on a project and the Client will take on these functions by default until they have been made, in writing;
  • A Construction Phase Plan will be required for ALL projects.
  • A Health and Safety File will be required for ALL projects involving more than one contractor, notifiable or otherwise;
  • The existing detailed requirements on competence will be replaced with a more general framework.

Construction projects which are already underway on 6 April 2015, and have a CDM Coordinator in post, will be able to continue for 6 months or to the end of the project, whichever is earlier. Further information about these transitional arrangements can be found here

Draft guidance from the Health and Safety Executive is available here and a series of draft industry guides is available here; however, it is important to note that this guidance may be subject to change.

Gerald Black, Construction Lead atSantia commented:

“We at Santia Consulting, pride ourselves in our delivery of CDM services and our integrative approach to ensuring the best results for you. We are able to support clients, designers and contractors alike, with any aspect of compliance with the proposed new legislation, and will also be able to provide this service to the proposed Principal Designer.”

Santia has developed a new course which provides an essential update to duty holders and will help them understand the requirements of the new regulations and details of this course can be found here

Post date: 06 Feb 2015

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