20th July, 2017

CDM Client Duties Everyone Needs To Know

It goes without saying that every CDM client should know about their legal duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. But if you're not a client, and you're a designer or contractor for example, then you don't need to worry about client duties, right? Wrong!

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It goes without saying that every CDM client should know about their legal duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

But if you're not a client, and you're a designer or contractor for example, then you don't need to worry about client duties, right?

After all, you have your own CDM duties to worry about.

Wrong!

You do need to know about CDM client duties.

In fact, it is your duty to!

9.—(1) A designer must not commence work in relation to a project unless satisfied that the client is aware of the duties owed by the client under these Regulations. 15.—(1) A contractor must not carry out construction work in relation to a project unless satisfied that the client is aware of the duties owed by the client under these Regulations.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

So, you see, even though you will have your own CDM contractor duties or designer duties to comply with, you must also be aware of the client duties, and make sure the client is aware of those duties.

When we say everyone, we mean everyone involved in construction projects. We don't mean that they should start teaching CDM client duties at primary school!

But certainly, if you are involved in a construction project of any shape or size, even if you are not the client, you need to be aware of the CDM client duties.

To comply with CDM, everyone involved in the project, in some way, should be aware of the client duties, and make sure that the client is aware.

Even if you are only involved at the planning stages, or acting as a subcontractor, you must check that the client is aware of their duties before starting work on the project.

Have all these duties got your head in a spin? Download our FREE CDM client duties fact sheet for a quick refresher!

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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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