The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replaced the CDM 2007 Regulations on the 6th April 2015 with revised duty holder responsibilities. They also placed enhanced responsibilities on clients. With Target Zero acting as Client Support/ Principal Designer or Principal Designer Support, we can offer a support service that assists clients and designers/architects in complying with their legal responsibilities.

Client Support

As CDM consultants acting for clients, we can implement delegated duties such as notification of a project, collation and issue of pre-construction information, advice on missing information, review and comment on the Principal Contractor’s construction phase plan and welfare arrangements.

Working with the Principal Designer we can ensure that Designers are complying with their obligations under CDM 2015 and implement audit procedures to ensure that both the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor are also complying.

Principal Designer

For construction sites where it is anticipated that there will be more than one contractor, clients have a responsibility to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor.

The Principal Designer’s role is to plan, manage and monitor the co-ordination of health and safety in the pre-construction design phase of the project (overlapping with construction).

As the appointed Principal Designers, we shall assist the client with the project set up, identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information and distribute, advise on missing information, co-ordinate health and safety, ensure designers comply with their duties, liaise with the Principal Contractor, prepare the health and safety file or pass responsibility to the Principal Contractor and comply with core designer obligations.

The Principal Designer should have the necessary designer skills, knowledge and experience to carry out this role in a way that secures health and safety.

Accredited Principal Designer

A Principal Designer must be a designer as defined by the regulations, and must be able to demonstrate they have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience (SKE), and where they are an organisation, the organisational capability, to carry out the work they are being appointed for. The level of SKE should be proportionate to the complexity of the project and the range and nature of the risks involved. This will involve having:

  • The technical knowledge of the construction industry relevant to the project;
  • The ability to understand, manage and coordinate the pre-construction phase (including ensuring that significant and foreseeable risks are managed through the design process) and any design work carried out after construction begins.

Principal Designer Support

In addition, when required, the team at Target Zero offer Principal Designer Support and can act as sub-consultants to Principal Designers.

Please contact us if you require information on how Target Zero can implement the role of Principal Designer or Client Support and Principal Designer support, if you seek detailed advice on the Client role or if you simply wish further background information on the regulations.

Principal Contractor Support CDM 2015

Our CDM 2015 Advisor can assist the Principal Contractor/Contractors with their duties under CDM 2015 for both commercial and domestic projects:-

  • Assist Principal Contractor/Contractors on fulfilling the client’s duties on domestic projects
  • Assist with preparation/or prepare on the Contractor’s behalf, the Construction Phase Plan
  • Assist with preparation/or prepare on the Contractor’s behalf a site induction
  • Provide guidance on suitable welfare facilities
  • Provide guidance on additional pre-construction information required from clients
  • Assist with collation & completion of  health and safety file
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the Principal Contractor with their duties to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate work during Pre-Construction and Construction Phase
  • Assist Principal Contractor to ensure that:
    • Individuals appointed have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience and
    • Companies have the organisational capability to work in a way that secures health & safety
  • Assist Principal Contractor to ensure co-operation between contractors so that risk is managed effectively
  • Establish whether training is necessary
  • Provide:
    • Active Monitoring – Carry out site safety inspections, including routine checks of site access, work areas, plant, equipment and health risk management
    • Reactive Assistance – Assist with investigation of ‘near-miss incidents and injuries, monitor cases of ill health

Our team of CDM safety experts will ensure you meet all your legal obligations with minimum fuss and disruption to your construction projects.