Construction safety

Parliamentary approval is expected soon for the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), due to come into force on 6 April 2015.

The new regulations include a duty to prepare written construction phase plans for all construction projects and this includes domestic client work. There must also be a principal designer and principal contractor appointed when there is more than one contractor involved with a project. A transitional period will run for six months until 6 October 2015.

If a project has commenced before the regulations come into force, but the construction phase has not yet started and no CDM co-ordinator is in place, the client will have to appoint a principal designer as soon as practicable. CDM co-ordinators who are already in post must be replaced by a principal designer by the end of the transitional period, unless the work is finished by then.

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