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CDM 2007 Regulations


CDM 2007 Regulations

As a rule, we work with you on CDM 2007 Regulations, if they’re applicable, and take care of all the Health And Safety issues.

We've published this section to help you understand the CDM 2007 regulations and to determine whether or not CDM 2007 will apply to your project.

It really is something you should pay very close due care and attention to, if you're planning to hire or buy a building because the consequences of overlooking this are serious, to say the least. The determining factor as to whether CDM 2007 will apply, is the time the overall project will take, from start to finish.

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Guidelines


The guidelines set out by HSE (Health And Safety Executive) state: The CDM 2007 Regulations apply to most common building, civil engineering and engineering construction work. You must notify HSE of the site if the construction work is expected to either:

  • last longer than 30 days; or
  • involve more than 500 person days of construction work;

HSE should be notified in writing before construction work starts; you can use form F10. Your notification should be sent to the HSE office nearest to the proposed site.

The important point to consider here is that the 'project' means all work to be undertaken. So let's say you're planning to have a building installed which we estimate takes four days. That's four days for the installation of the building. But then, it may be you've got to have demolition work done first? Or to have ground works done, or a concrete pad laid.All of this takes time, and must be factored in to the overall time-frame of the project.

Then, there are doors to be fitted...Lights to be fitted..May be heating, alarms, plumbing, racking or shelving? All these tasks take time and should be included in the overall scope of works. If it's then concluded the entire project will take less than 30 days, or 500 person workdays, then CDM 2007 will NOT apply to your project. But what if the project DOES fall within the scope of CDM 2007? CDM 2007 places legal duties on virtually everyone involved in construction work. Those with legal duties are commonly known as 'duty holders'.

Duty Holders


Duty holders under CDM 2007 are:

  • Clients - A 'client' is anyone having construction or building work carried out as part of their business. This could be an individual, partnership or company and includes property developers or management companies for domestic properties.
  • CDM co-ordinators - A 'CDM co-ordinator' has to be appointed to advise the client on projects that last more than 30 days or involve 500 person days of construction work. The CDM co-ordinator's role is to advise the client on health and safety issues during the design and planning phases of construction work.
  • Designers - The term 'designer' has a broad meaning and relates to the function performed, rather than the profession or job title. Designers are those who, as part of their work, prepare design drawings, specifications, bills of quantities and the specification of articles and substances. This could include architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.
  • Principal contractors - A 'principal contractor' has to be appointed for projects which last more than 30 days or involve 500 person days of construction work. The principal contractor's role is to plan, manage and co-ordinate health and safety while construction work is being undertaken. The principal contractor is usually the main or managing contractor for the work.
  • Designers - The term 'designer' has a broad meaning and relates to the function performed, rather than the profession or job title. Designers are those who, as part of their work, prepare design drawings, specifications, bills of quantities and the specification of articles and substances. This could include architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.
  • Principal contractors - A 'principal contractor' has to be appointed for projects which last more than 30 days or involve 500 person days of construction work. The principal contractor's role is to plan, manage and co-ordinate health and safety while construction work is being undertaken. The principal contractor is usually the main or managing contractor for the work.

The first task is to appoint a Principal Contractor IF the project is to be undertaken under CDM 2007. As you've read above, the 'Principal Contractor' is usually the main or managing contractor for the work.

So if you have other work going on, and the building you're considering from us is only part of the overall scheme of work, the Principal Contractor would normally a person representing the MAIN CONTRACTOR.

If there is no demolition work, or no need to involve contractors before our building is to be installed, and it is to be us who are undertaking the majority of the project, then we can arrange to act as Principal Contractor.

If you have any questions, or would like further advice on the subject of CDM 2007, feel free to contact us:

Call Russell Slater on  0808 252 8573

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