Changes to CDM are now in place

All those involved in building and construction need to be aware of the recent changes to the CDM regulations. CDM 2015 came into force on the 6th April 2015 and applies to all projects regardless of size, duration and nature of work.

The changes affect the client and the principle designer with the onus on the broader project team’s competence and ability to deliver safe, risk-managed working.

A summary of the key changes to the 2007 document include: p>

  • A transitional period will run from 6th April 2015 to 6th October 2015
  • Replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with a principle designer
  • A legal obligation for duty holders to provide information, instruction, training and supervision, which replaces the duty to assess competence
  • Replacement of the approved code of practice with tailored guidance
  • The point at which the F10 needs to be submitted has been amended to 30 days with more than 20 persons on site or 500 man days
  • The client will be responsible for notifying the HSE of a project (F10)
  • A construction phase plan will be required for all projects

For projects starting before 6th April 2015, where the construction phase has not yet started and where the client has not yet appointed a CDM coordinator, the client must appoint a principle designer as soon as practicable.

JBA will be liaising with all affected parties on the immediate consequences of the rule change.

The HSE has draft guidance available at: