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6th May, 2016

10 Differences Between CDM 2015 And CDM 2007

CDM 2015 have been in force for some time now, and apply to all construction projects in Great Britain. Here's a summary of 10 differences between CDM 2015 and the previous CDM 2007 regulations:

1. Domestic Projects

2007 Under the 2007 regulations domestic projects did not need to be notified to the HSE, and were exempt from the appointment of CDM duty holders and documentation.

2015 Now, under the 2015 regulations, domestic projects must apply the regulations in full (although domestic client duties automatically pass over to the Principal Contractor or Principal Designer).

2. Duty Holders

2007 Client, CDM Coordinator, Principal Contractor, Designers, Contractors

2015 Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Designers, Contractors

3. Notification

2007 Under the 2007 regulations any none-domestic project lasting over 30 days OR 500 person days required notification to the HSE.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations any project (including domestic) lasting over 30 days with more than 20 workers OR 500 person days requires notification to the HSE.

4. Notification Impact

2007 Under the 2007 regulations none-notifiable projects had fewer duties, with notification triggering additional appointment and documentation requirements.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations notification no longer triggers additional duties, all projects must comply with duties regardless of size or duration.

5. Appointment Requirements

2007 As discussed above, under the 2007 regulations, notification is what triggered additional appointment requirements (the appointment of the CDM Coordinator and Principal Contractor).

2015 Under the 2015 regulations the appointment of Principal Designer and Principal Contractor roles are required on any project with more than one contractor (including subcontractors).

6. Principal Designer

2007 Under the 2007 regulations there was no role of Principal Designer.

2015 The 2015 regulations introduced the role of the Principal Designer. This is the designer with control over the pre-construction phase of the project. The Principal Designer has overall responsibility for CDM compliance during the pre-construction phase.

7. CDM Coordinator

2007 Under the 2007 regulations the CDM Coordinator would need to be appointed on any notifiable project. The CDM Coordinator would be appointed by the Client, and would advise and support the project team through CDM compliance, as well as completing their own CDM duties.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations there is no CDM Coordinator role.

8. Construction Phase Plan

2007 Under the 2007 regulations the Construction Phase Plan was only required on notifiable projects and would be completed by the Principal Contractor.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations regulations the Construction Phase Plan is required on ALL projects, and is completed by either the Principal Contractor, or the Contractor (if there is only one Contractor).

9. Pre-Construction Information

2007 Under the 2007 regulations the Pre-Construction Information was only required on notifiable projects and would be completed by the CDM Coordinator with information gathered from the Client.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations regulations the Pre-Construction Information is required on ALL projects, and is completed with the assistance of the Principal Designer with information gathered from the Client.

10. Health and Safety File

2007 Under the 2007 regulations the Health and Safety File was only required on notifiable projects and would be completed by the CDM Coordinator with information gathered from the Principal Contractor, Designers and Contractors.

2015 Under the 2015 regulations regulations the Health and Safety File is required on all projects with more than one contractor, and is completed by the Principal Designer with information gathered from the Principal Contractor, Designers and Contractors, and passed on to either the Principal Contractor, or the Client, depending when the Principal Designers appointment ends.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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