Health & Safety and CDM Services
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 are a significant set of regulations governing all construction works within the UK, regardless of size, nature of works, or type of client.
The intention of the regulations is to integrate Health & Safety considerations into the normal design process ensuring that appropriate thought and attention is given to ensuring that the design proposals are Safe to Build, Safe to Maintain, and Safe to Demolish.
Whatever your role in construction, CDM aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to:
- sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- have the right people for the right job at the right time
- cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
Failure to comply with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 can lead to project Clients being prosecuted in the criminal courts.
The Regulations – Background
The HSE undertook a significant review of the former regulations, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 as, although the evaluation model of risk management embedded with CDM 2007 had become standard practice in the more organized parts of the industry, a clear case had emerged that significant changes were required at the smaller end of the industry. The HSE therefore undertook an industry wide consultation on the replacement of the CDM Regulations 2007 on 31st March 2014 for a period of 10 weeks.
Following the consultation process, the HSE made the necessary amendments to the proposals, and brought out CDM 2015 – the primary objective is to bring the CDM Regulations in line with the European Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive (TMCSD) as well as ensuring that the regulations focus on all construction projects within the UK.
The Changes between CDM 2007 and CDM 2015
There are a number of key changes in the regulations, namely;
- Simplification of the Regulations – 2007 often seen as bureaucratic, overly complicated and rarely understood by some in the industry.
- Replacement of the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) with tailored industry guidance relevant to each duty holder.
- Replacement of the CDMC role with a new role, called Principal Designer.
- Removal of explicit competence criteria and replacement with a requirement for appropriate demonstrable skills.
- Removal of the current exemption enjoyed by domestic clients.
- Amending the trigger threshold for appointment of Principal Designer & Principal Contractor.
The regulations became law on 6th April 2015 for all new projects, with a 6 months transitional period ending 6th October 2015 for existing projects commenced on site prior to that date.
So, why Shore Engineering?
Since the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations were first introduced in 1994 and subsequently revised in 2007, we have provided our CDM services to hundreds of projects across the Country, ranging from new build offices and residential developments, office refurbishments and fit outs and some specialist civil engineering projects. We are continuing our involvement in the CDM and Health & Safety Process, by becoming Advisors to either Clients or Principal Designers, assisting them to comply with the appropriate obligations as well as ensuring others in the project team are complying with theirs.
We aim to ensure that Health & Safety is given the necessary consideration at the forefront of a project and design stage, rather than as an afterthought.
Shore Engineering understands the need to ensure that the client’s interests are protected, whilst at the same time providing an efficient and friendly professional service to our clients, ensuring that projects are not delayed purely for procedural reasons.
We have an exceptional spread of professional qualifications and experience covering health and safety, design and construction.
We would aim to be a key project advisor in respect of Construction Health & Safety matters, therefore dependent on the exact appointment; typical functions we could undertake in accordance with the Regulations would include:
- Provide advice and assistance as required to help comply with duties under the regulations, including briefing the client on duties, advising on the appointment of designers and contractors, and implementation of adequate project management arrangements.
- Prepare and issue the F10 Notification to the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of the Client, with updates as required.
- Co-ordinate design work, planning and other preparations for construction with respect to health and safety matters. This includes attendance at selected design and construction meetings to aid effective communication and co-operation.
- Identify, collect and review the pre-construction information, including making an initial site visit
- Provide designers and contractors with selected pre-construction information relevant to each discipline.
- Help manage the flow of information between clients, designers and contractors.
- Review and report on the suitability of the initial construction phase plan and the welfare arrangements.
- Arrange for compilation of the Health and Safety File for the project, based upon information provided by the client and contractors, and its handover to the Client on completion of the works.
Health & Safety Consultancy Services
The Construction industry is still one of the most dangerous sectors to work in within the UK, killing dozens and injuring thousands of people every single year. Whist the accident & incident rates have been steadily falling over recent years, there is always room for improvement. It is often not procedural or material failings which are causing the unnecessary injuries, but quite often complacency on site, or people not fully understanding specific processes.
Through our extensive knowledge and experience in the Construction Health & Safety sector, Shore Engineering Limited also offer Health & Safety and Consultancy services either alongside our other roles, or as standalone appointments helping Contractors, Principal Contractors, Consultants and clients.
We are finding that more and more of our clients are asking us to get involved with other Health & Safety related duties on their projects, and as such we are investing in our existing team to ensure they have the necessary experience and qualifications to undertake these roles.
Our main aim is to promote Health & Safety within the Construction industry as a whole, reducing the overall bureaucracy & paperwork in the process, and removing the bad perception of ‘elf and safety’ throughout the industry.
In order to protect the interests of those persons to whom we engage with, we can provide assistance with:
- Site safety Auditing – site attendance to view the working practices of the workforce as well as the project documentation, and provide useful feedback to the contractor(s) involved, as well as providing formal report to the client team on the findings
- Compiling Method Statement & Risk Assessments
- Production of Construction Phase Plan in accordance with CDM Regulations 2015
- Access to a comprehensive set of templates & guidance documents
- Assist in compiling Health & Safety Policies and procedures
- Ensuring existing company policies and procedures are compliant with current legislation
- Produce specific Toolbox Talks, or provide on location Toolbox Talk training
- Production of Health & Safety Files, Building Manuals and Tenant Information packs
- Site start-up packs – all the basic documentation required to get a project off the ground, and ideal tool for the site manager – including useful guidance notes from the HSE, templates and monitoring resources.
Get in touch
For further information on how Shore Engineering can assist you please feel free to contact us. To download a copy of our application form and contact information can be found on our Contacts page.
We understand the need to ensure that the client’s interests are protected