What is CDM 2015?

CDM 2015

In 2015 the New CDM 2015 regulations came into effect, experience in the UK construction industry led the HSE to believe there was a need:

  • to embed the principals of CDM at the smaller end of the industry where the majority of the accidents occur (more than one contractor)
  • for greater alignment with the Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD)
  • for a more simple, linear and direct structure that maintained the same ‘core’ principals as CDM 2007

The new regulations (CDM 2015) aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping all involved to:

  • sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
  • have the right people for the right job at the right time
  • cooperate and coordinate your work with others
  • have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
  • communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
  • consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed

This was a welcomed return to basic values provided by the initial 1994 regulations.

Integration of a H&S professional into the design team for any project, hence the replacement of the CDM coordinator with the introduction of the Principal designer

This is where CDMPC are ahead of the game, company director Stephen Dallow, was first appointed a planning supervisor for local authority works back in the 00’s

He has worked on a large range of projects from small £20,000 extensions to large commercial projects £65m, providing advice and guidance as a Planning supervisor, CDM Coordinator and now Principal Designer.

We only appoint advisers that have embedded knowledge and understanding of the core values of CDM.

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How Does CDM 2015 Affect You?

CDM 1994

The regulations were first introduced in 1994 as part of the EU legislation (Directive 92/57/EEC – temporary or mobile construction sites)

The Directive set out minimum safety and health requirements for temporary or mobile construction sites i.e. any construction site at which building or civil engineering works are carried out and intended to prevent risks by establishing a chain of responsibility linking all the parties involved.

The regulation introduced the need to look at H&S in construction, from project inception – final demolition.

Between 1994 and 2007 guidance was available via the Planning Supervisor (H&S based professional, appointed as part of the design team)

Further research and development provided a better understanding of the complexities of design and construction and the need to integrating H&S into the process.

CDM 2007

This led to the introduction of the CDM Regulations 2007 and aimed to:

  • Encourage everyone to work together to make health and safety an integral part of the design, construction and management of projects
  • Improve planning and management from day one to identify hazards so that they can be eliminated or properly managed
  • Target effort where it can be most effective in terms of health and safety
  • Encourage co-operation and co-ordination of the project

At this point the planning supervisor was replaced by the introduction of the CDM coordinator.