There, we said it but please don’t stop reading because it really is important this time. Although not as exciting as the design process of your new project. Sorry about that, but better learning about this now than a lawsuit later on.
The thing is there have been some recent changes to legislation. An update earlier this year to CDM - Construction (Design & Management) - means that anyone who commissions construction projects is ultimately responsible for all Health, Safety and Welfare of their projects. This means that it is the client who will be accountable for the impact their decisions have on H&S. It's really very important that the client appoints a principal designer and principal contractor in writing to take on this crucial responsibility. Otherwise, the burden falls on the client who may not have the expertise to deal with it.
Here’s what CDM advisor, Fred Hurr, has to say on the matter.
It is hard to imagine that H&S legislation and law will ever be devolved to local areas, so for the present all practitioners in construction will have to make sure that they are up to speed with this particular central government legislation and that they have the right information regarding CDM2015 to fully comply and not fall foul of the law. This applies to those persons who commission construction projects and those who design and build such projects. CDM2015 applies to all building and construction work including new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repairs and maintenance. Read more at www.hurr-associates.co.uk/articles.html
Thanks, Fred, for those important words and for leading the training for us here at Marraum to make sure we are compliant with the new regulations.
You can be assured that, by choosing us, you will be fully compliant too.
You can find more information on your responsibilities as a client at HSE website.