1st August, 2017
In a previous blog post we discussed when CDM applies to construction projects, under the 2007 regulations. However, things have changed slightly with the updated 2015 CDM regulations, so it is time to revisit this subject and see what (if anything) has changed.
The main point remains the same, CDM 2015 applies to all construction projects, just like CDM 2007 did.
That’s right, every construction project.
This is actually true even more so under CDM 2015.
And the term construction project is far reaching. It includes preparation for a structure, including site clearance and groundworks, the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance, installation of services, and demolition and dismantling of a structure.
Although under CDM 2007, duties applied to every project, some projects (non-notifiable and domestic) were exempt from some of the requirements.
This is not the case under CDM 2015.
Under CDM 2015, even if your project is non-notifiable, you must still comply with all the CDM duties (other than the duty to notify the HSE).
If a project has only one contractor involved (no other contractors or subcontractors at any stage of the project) then the roles of Principal Designer and Principal Contractor don’t need to be appointed.
However, the sole contractor then takes on additional duties such as the requirement to produce the Construction Phase Plan and carry out site inductions etc. The duties that would usually be carried out by the Principal Contractor.
And the client must still comply with their client duties, without the support of the Principal Designer.
And what about domestic projects? Does CDM 2015 apply to those?
Domestic clients get some exemptions, they are not expected to be familiar with the regulations. But CDM still applies to the project itself and the rest of the project team.
Everyone else on the project team, contractors and designers must apply the duties of CDM 2015 in full.
So remember, just because a project is small, and does not meet the notification thresholds, doesn’t mean you can forget about CDM. It still applies, and it is important to be familiar with the requirements and your duties.