CDM 07 Roles

Construction Design Management Roles & Responsibilities

With the introduction of CDM07 more responsibility is placed on you as a client up until the point you appoint a Construction Design Management Coordinator (CDMC) the following table outlines your responsibilities as the client at the various build stages.

 

Concept Phase

Design Phase

  • Structure all contracts to allow other duty holders to carry out their duties
  • Ensure that design specification complies with all relevant regulations
  • Ensuring that every person designing the structure and every contractor wo has been or is likely to be appointed is promptly provided with relevant information
  • Appoint a competent designer
  • Appoint a competent CDM CO-ordinator where the project is notifiable. Where the project is non notifiable consider how to obtain suitable and sufficient advice to manage Health & Safety obligations
  • Provide health & Safety information pack and tender documents
  • Consider how contractors will fulfill their obligation to provide welfare facilities and how quickly
  • Where contracts allow involve the Principle contractor and any specialist contractors to ensure that designs can be constructed safely
  • Ensure that designers have procedures to ensure that Health & Safety is properly considered at all stages of design

Tender Phase

Construction Phase

  • Ensure that Health & Safety Information pack forms part of the tender documentation
  • Ensuring the tender documents inform the contractor of any arrangements for providing welfare facilities for the work force
  • Ensure competence and resources of contractors on the tender list
  • Allocate proper and reasonable time for contractors to plan with proper regard to Health & Safety
  • Ensure Principal Contractor has adequate time to develop a construction phase Health & Safety Plan
  • On Completion receive Health & Safety file from CDM Co-ordinator and pass to maintenance and construction workers

There’s a lot to be done, even where the building work will last less than a month. And remember if you change the design OR complete any construction work yourself you take on extra duties. It is important therefore that you also know the duties involved for these other roles. Timbertecs has broken the duties for these roles at the various build stages in the following tables.

 

If you change the design you will become a Designer and your responsibilities will include

 

Concept Phase

Design Phase

  • Inform Client of their duties
  • Take steps to avoid risks to the Health & Safety of any person involved in al phases of the projectfrom construction to evental demolition
  • Identify hazards and eliminate hazards that may give rise to risks
  • Ensure that any structure designed for use as a work place has been designed so as to comply with the provisions of the work place (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Continue to develop design in accordance with principles of criteria set put in concept phase
  • Help prepare tender documentation and input to pre-construction phase Health & Safety plan
  • Where notifiable, ensure that a CDM Co-ordinator has been appointed before commencing design
  • For notifiable projects, ensure that all the information relating to the design that is likely to be included in the Pre-construction Health & Safety File is promptly provided to the CDM Co-ordinator

Tender Phase

Construction Phase

  • Continue to develop design
  • Continue to develop the design - in the case of additional work or changed scope of works ensure that CDM Co-ordinator and the principal contractor and contractors are fully involved at and early point
  • Provide information to the CDM Co-ordinator for the Health & Safety File

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If you complete any construction work you will become a Contractor and your responsibilities will include

 

 

Concept Phase

Design Phase

  • If involved at this stage consider if you possess the competences and resources to carry out the project safely and with due regard to Health. If additional competences or resources are identified as being required, source them as soon as possible
  • Consider the Health & Safety issues of the project and co-operate and coordinate with all duty holders to input into the development of the project. In particular to identify the hazards and risk and how to eliminate or investigate the effects
  • Consider any temporary works which may be required and liase with the CDM Co-ordinator and designer to ensure that such works can be incorporated into the project with due regard to Health & Safety
  • Continue duties identified at the concept phase


Tender Phase

Construction Phase

  • Consider the pre-construction phase Health & Safety plan when compiling their tender
  • Ensure that Principal Contractor has sufficient information (numbers of workers etc) in order to be able to properly plan for suitable welfare facilities
  • Continue to co-operate and co-ordinate as with the design phase
  • Identify any sub contractors and ensure that they provide input into Health & Safety at an early stage
  • Ensure that any subcontractors are informed of the amount of time which will be allowed for him for planning and preparation before they start construction work
  • Contractors shall not commence work untill:
    • They are aware of other duty holders with whom they must co-ordinate and co-operate
    • Suitable and adequate facilities are available
    • A method statement, incorporating all aspects of Health & Safety relating to their work have been agreed with the principle contractor
    • Suitable inductions, updated as the project proceeds, have been produced and a robust system ensuring all of the workforce receive such suitable induction prior to starting work (see inductions in principal contractors construction phase)
    • A meaningful system is in place to ensure that the workforce is consulted on Health & Safety matters concerning their work and that of adjacent workers
  • Contractors must ensure that their workforce and any sub contractors he wishes to employ have sufficient resources and competences
  • Contractors must ensure that their work force and any subcotractors he wishes to employ are aware of the agreed Method Statement and have the correct plant equipment, PPE etc to enable them to follow the agreed Method Statement and site rules. Workers must be aware of procedures to be followed in the case of serious and imminent danger.
  • Contractors must plan, manage and monitor construction work carried out by him or under his control in a way which ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, is carried out without risks to health & Safety
  • Contractors shall provide employees and subcontractors with any health & safety training which he is required to provide to them in respect of the construction work by virtue of Reg 13 (2)(b) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Act 1999
  • If additional work or changed scope of work is required, contractors shall liase via the Principal Contractor with designers and the co-ordinator to ensure they can carry out their duties. Lines of communication may vary dependent upon the form of contractor used to procure the project
  • Contractors shall pass on all relevant information promptly to the principal contractor in order to be passed via the principal contractor to the co-ordinator to compile the Health & Safety File

 

Timbertecs can assist you in satisfying these duties fully, we have a wealth of experience in construction health & safety we can provide the essential advice, guidance and coordination you need to make sure your project is as safe as it can be.

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