CDM 2015 – Client
CDM 2015 defines a client as anyone for whom a construction project is carried out. The regulations apply to both domestic and commercial clients, and all construction projects no matter who they are carried out for.
Duties and responsibilities
Each duty holder within the remit of the CDM Regulations 2015 must be aware of the responsibilities of all others involved in the project, as it is their duty to know what to expect each other to do.
If you are having work carried out which is not connected with running a business, i.e. at home, or for a family member, you are a Domestic Client. Therefore, some of the Client duties will transfer to other members of the project team.
If you are an organisation or individual for whom a construction/refurbishment/maintenance project is carried out in connection with a business, your duties will include:
- Appointing the Principal Designer to the project in writing and keeping a record of this. If this is not done, then you automatically take on this role and the legal duties involved.
- Check you know what the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor/Contractors’ duties are so that you can check they are undertaking their duties correctly and have the relevant skills, training, knowledge, experience and organisational capability to carry out the work safely.
- Providing a Client Brief, describing the full nature of the work involved.
- Appointing a Principal Contractor if there is going to be more than one contractor on site in writing and keeping a record of this. If this is not done, then you automatically take on this role and the legal duties involved.
- Providing Pre-Construction Information to the Principal Contractor/Contractors tendering for the works.
- Checking the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan prior to works commencing.
- Informing the HSE if the project is notifiable, namely, if the project lasts longer than 30 working days and has more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project or exceeds 500 person-days.
- On projects when there is more than one contractor on site, a completed Health & Safety File should be obtained on completion and ‘handover’ of the project to yourself.
- Retaining the H&S File for updates/use when any further work is completed in the future.
How MSP can help you
Our CDM Advisor offers comprehensive customer focused, individually tailored services and training, cover all aspects of the CDM Regulations 2015, ensuring peace of mind for YOU.
- Construction Safety and related Advisory Service to Clients, Principal Designers, Principal Contractors and Contractors
- Assistance with appointments of PC and PD
- Competency checking on behalf of the Client the above roles of PC and PD
- Assistance with the compilation of Pre-Construction Information
- Assistance with the preparation of Principal Contractors and Contractors Health & Safety Plans
- Site Inspections and Safety Audits (pro active monitoring)
- Advice on contents of the Health & Safety File required at project completion
- Risk Assessment advice and support
- Health & Safety Policy preparation
- Assistance after HSE inspections resulting in Prohibition and Improvement Notices and F.F.I. (Fee for Intervention) investigations.
See our CDM information page for further information. https://mspbusinessservices.co.uk/cdm-2015/