The Construction (Design &
Management) Regulations (2007) are designed to encourage the
appreciation of construction safety at the design stage of a project
when many decisions are made which have a bearing on the safety of
those working on the construction and those who are to use the building
or structure afterwards.
For a notifiable* project for a non domestic** client there is a
requirement in the regulations to appoint a CDM co-ordinators who will
if required advise the client on Health & Safety matters, assess
the competence of the design team, co-ordinate the consideration of
Health and Safety by the designer or designers, prepare a package of
Health and Safety information for the tenderers and at the end of the
construction work prepare a package of Health and Safety information on
the completed building for the use of the client and for those involved
in any future construction work.
The detailed rules in the regulations governing a notifiable project
are (as one might expect for any Brussels inspired legislation) rather
more complicated than this simplified summary and if in doubt it is
best to take professional advice or consult the regulations directly.
* A notifiable project in general is a construction project lasting
more than one month or more than 500 man days on site.
** A non domestic client is a client whose main home is not the
building being constructed or altered.