Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) – Give us a Clue doh!

Who am I and where do I fit into the CDM 2015 Regulations?

The CDM 2015 Regulations place legal obligations on pretty much everyone involved in a construction project. These responsibilities essentially relate to ensuring that the health and safety of people involved in construction projects are well looked after.

But as with most things regulatory, the rules can be confusing. To know your responsibilities it is important to first know who you are in the context of the project. To add a little more colour to this otherwise potentially dull subject, we explore the different roles and resposibilities under CDM 2015 using the timeless classic boardgame Cluedo.

Mrs White – she is the domestic client. As such she is lucky when it comes to CDM 2015. Depending upon the work being undertaken, responsibilities will usually pass to her contractor (or principal contractor).

Colonel Mustard – as you migh expect, the Colonel is the commercial client. He has high expectations for his project, but he also has responsibilities. He needs to ensure that appropriate people (principal designer and principal contractor) are appointed to work on a project and that sufficient time and resources are made available to carry out the project. Even then he can’t simply hand over, he has to make sure that they carry out their activities appropriately. In the context of CDM 2015, this specifically means with regard for good health and safety practices.

Professor Plum – the principal designer. In projects that involve multiple contractors he is responsible for ensuring that prior to the construction phase, plans are drawn up with good consideration of potential risks and that these are eliminated. He’s also responsible for providing relevant information to designers. The Professor also works closely with the principal contractor planning the project and then helping to monitor safe progress of the work in line with plans.

Mrs Peacock – is a designer on the project. She needs to ensure that the areas of the project that she is designing consider potential risks both during the construction phase but also once complete. It’s her job to make sure other project members understand the issues that need managing.

Reverend Green – with responsibility for planning, managing and coordinating health and safety during the construction phase, the Reverend is the principal contractor. Of all the roles under CDM 2015, this is perhaps the most onerous role involved in the day to day delivery of a project. The Reverend must prepare a “construction phase plan”, which is a specific/defined document. He also needs to organise and coordinate others on site during the works.

Miss Scarlett – one of the contractors. She liases with and takes instructions from the Reverend, but is responsible for planning and monitoring the work under her control. If she were the sole contractor on a project then it would be her responsibility to prepare the “construction phase plan”.

Miss Peach – finally, but by no means least Miss Peach is a worker on the project. But as a worker she still has responsibilities. These include ensuring that she has been briefed/consulted on health and safety matters. Taking care of her own safety. Complying with instructions. And importantly reporting any dangers that she becomes aware of.

So there you have it, from client to worker on a construction project, the CDM 2015 Regulations create a host or responsibilities. Work safe. Don’t end up part of a ‘murder’ mystery.

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