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12th August, 2016

CDM 2015 Documents Explained

CDM 2015 has been around for a while now, and applies to all construction projects in Great Britain, and not much has changed when it comes to the documents required, or has it?

Well, yes and no.

The documents themselves should sound familiar, the Pre-Construction Information, Construction Phase Plan and Health and Safety File.

We needed them under CDM 2007, and we still need them under CDM 2015.

But WHEN we need them, and WHO is responsible for producing them, well, that has changed.

To simplify, let's look at each document individually.

The Pre-Construction Information

This document is still required on every construction project.

Ultimately, the responsibility for providing this information falls on the Client duties. However, the Principal Designer (on any projects with more than one contractor, including subcontractors) should assist the Client in the development of the Pre-Construction Information.

In summary, the Pre-Construction Information should be available on every construction project.

This was also the case under the old CDM 2007 regulations, however the CDM coordinator would assist the Client, and now this is one of the duties of the Principal Designer.

The Construction Phase Plan

This document is now required on every construction project.

Previously, under the old 2007 regulations, this document was only required on notifiable projects. However, under the 2015 regulations, things have changed.

The Construction Phase Plan must be produced on any project, regardless of size or duration.

Responsibility for producing the Construction Phase Plan falls on the Principal Contractor, unless there is only one contractor involved in the project, in which case, the sole contractor must produce it.

The Health and Safety File

This document must be produced on any project with more than one contractor (including subcontractors).

Whenever there is a Principal Designer appointed, since the Principal Designer must be appointed on any project with more than one contractor.

It is the Principal Designers duty to develop the Health and Safety File, with information gathered from the project team.

The file should be developed throughout the project, and handed over to the Client on completion.

Should the Principal Designers appointment end prior to project completion, they should hand the file over the Principal Contractor who must then complete the file and hand it over to the Client on completion.


When Needed: Duty Holders:
Pre-Construction Information All Projects Client, Principal Designer
Construction Phase Plan All Projects Principal Contractor or Sole Contractor
Health & Safety File Projects with more than one contractor Principal Designer, Principal Contractor
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This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and BSc (Hons) Construction Management. She is NEBOSH qualified and Tech IOSH.

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