CDM Principal Designer Services – safety for your building project
CDM Principal Designer Services
CLPM can provide CDM Principal Designer services for your home renovation, extension or new build construction project.
CDM Principal Designer services are now a key part of any significant building project. The new regulations cover the health and safety side of your building project. As your project manager, we can help ensure that you have all the health and safety needs of your building project covered.
It is a little-known fact that in April 2015 the CDM (Construction Design Management) regulations changed. This means that a CDM Principal Designer is required on all domestic building projects.
The new regulations mean that as a home owner who is undertaking building work, you have the responsibility to ensure that no-one is harmed during the work and that your building is safe to use and maintain in the future. That means you are have to appoint a CDM Principal Designer.
What Does A CDM Principal Designer Actually Do?
A CDM Principal Designer plans, manages and coordinates the safety elements of the planning and design work, and how it applies to your home’s construction project. They co-ordinate and share information rather than generate technical information. CDM Principal Designers are not Health and Safety experts nor architectural designers. Instead they evaluate safety risks and establish a project procedure for safety.
It is important that you appoint your CDM Principal Designer for your building project as early as possible. They can then help you gather information about the construction works and ensure that your architects or designer has done all they can to check that your new home, extension or renovation works can be built safely.
The new regulations require the CDM Principal Designer to:
- Assist you in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information – this might include known site hazards and a plan of how the build will be managed.
- Provide pre-construction information to architects or designers, the principal contractor and contractors.
- Ensure that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other.
- Liaise with the principal contractor for the duration of the appointment.
- Prepare the health and safety file.
What Risks Should Your Architect or Designer Have Considered?
Most large building projects are complex and involve the use many different trades on site. There are types of activities that are particularly high-risk. The role of the CDM Principal Designer is to understand these types of risks and give them careful thought. This ensures that the activities throughout the building works will be carried out safely by all involved.
High risk activities are anything that’s potentially dangerous on your building site including:-
- Working at height, on ladders or scaffolding, roofs or platforms and excavations. This includes both the process of creating them and ensuring that no one can fall from, or into them.
- Supporting structures. The potential collapse of structures means that any support must be installed by someone competent to do so.
- Electricity. Any type of involvement with cabling or power during the building works.
- Hazardous materials. The removal of asbestos or other contaminants from the site.
- Machinery. The use of forklifts, diggers or cherry pickers for both deliveries and construction.
Do I have to appoint a CDM Principal Designer for my building project?
If you don’t appoint a CDM Principal Designer, you will be responsible for the things that they should have done.
The aim of the role is to prepare the Pre-Construction Health and Safety Plan to pass to the Principal Contractor (your main builder) and brief him on the contents.
The plan will consist of :-
- Health and Safety information relating to design for construction and future use.
- Identification of unusual, significant or hard to manage risks.
- A list of key assumptions made during the design process.
- Any information about sequencing.
- Any information about phased handovers.
- Any temporary support requirements.
The role of the CDM Principal Designer usually continues through construction unless you specifically request in writing that you want the responsibility is to be taken on by the CDM Principal Contractor.
Get in touch
CLPM are ideally placed to provide you with CDM Principal Designer services. This is a role which dovetails naturally into that of building project manager for your project. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you with CDM Principal Designer services support your building project we’d welcome the opportunity to talk about how we can help.