CPD seminar on the CDM Regulations

1 | CDM 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are designed to put Health and Safety at the centre of construction work. Originally introduced in 1994, they were revised in 2007, and new Regulations came into effect on 6 April 2015. These are markedly different from CDM 2007.

The two main changes are:

  • There is now no provision for appointing a CDM co-ordinator, and the duties formally performed by that duty holder are now given to the Client, the Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor (or Contractor).
  • The former exemption for domestic projects no longer exists. This means that ALL construction works come under the full provision of CDM 2015. It doesn’t matter whether your project is commercial or domestic; notifiable or not notifiable; large or small: CDM 2015 applies.

2 | Our role as CDM Consultant

We have run seminars on the CDM Regulations and their changes since 1996, and for nearly 20 years have worked with architects, engineers and contactors in London, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

Under CDM 2015, many of the duties that previously belonged to the CDM co-ordinator have moved to a new duty holder, the Principal Designer. Architects, engineers and designers now find themselves being asked to take on these duties, and so we have designed a short introduction which explains who the duty holders are; what documentation is required; and how CDM 2015 affects Principal Designers. We have delivered this seminar to

3 | Contents of the Seminar

Using three short PowerPoint presentations giving the basic framework of the Regulations, and some handouts, the CDM Seminar covers:

  • Background and purpose of the CDM Regulations
  • The 3 sets of documents required (Pre Construction Information; Construction Phase Plan; Health and Safety File)
  • Schedule 3 of the Regulations
  • The duty holders
  • The general responsibilities of duty holders
  • The requirement for notification and the F10 submission
  • Definition of construction work
  • The definition of a structure
  • The principles of prevention

The material can be covered in an hour, and it is good to allow a little longer so that there is plenty of time for questions and discussions as we go along.