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5th June, 2017

What is CDM in construction?

CDM applies to nearly every construction project, so if you work or become involved with the construction industry you will likely hear the term CDM. But what is CDM?

CDM stands for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

Bit of a mouthful, hence the abbreviation to the much quicker term, CDM.

So what is CDM exactly?

Well, it is a set of Regulations that apply to all construction projects of any type, including domestic, any duration and any size.

Small builders and individual trades need to know about CDM just as much as the big corporations.

The latest version of CDM is CDM 2015, or in full, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

In its latest form, CDM has 5 key duty holders:

All these duty holders have important duties they must discharge to comply with CDM.

Click on any of the duty holders above to get a free factsheet for what is required from each duty holder.

CDM has evolved over the years, but the essence of the regulations stays the same, to ensure that construction work is carried out safely.

The regulations require certain documents to be produced, to document the steps that have been taken to reduce risk, and to communicate health and safety information to the project team.

Before work starts on site, the pre-construction information will be used to gather health and safety information on existing hazards. During work, the construction phase plan will be in place to detail how construction risks will be controlled. And, after work is finished, the health and safety file is produced to pass key information forward to those using and maintaining the structure.

All duty holders have responsibilities to provide health and safety information, and comply with the requirements under CDM.

This included not only knowing their own duties, but also ensuring other duty holders understand the requirements and that work does not progress unless CDM has been complied with at each stage.

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