What is a CDM Advisor?
CDM2015 Regulations introduced in April 2019 stipulate that the Client, as head of the supply chain, now sets the safety standards. These Regulations state that the Client is now criminally accountable for any decisions or approaches to the health, safety and welfare on a project and any impact they may have. As a result of these regulations, the Client must continually maintain and review any site-specific construction projects specifically around health, safety and welfare, to ensure they remain effective and compliant throughout the life of the project. This is where a CDM Advisor can help.
A CDM Advisor works closely with the Client to ensure health and safety compliance is adhered to for the duration of a project, fulfilling the legal duties as required by the CDM 2015 regulations. At Safety For Design, we like to exceed expectations, which is why we offer a selection of CDM services to create a bespoke solution for each individual project. Our services are flexible and adaptable and can be upgraded at any point throughout a project.
As well as providing expert knowledge and support to our Client and supporting the Principal Designer, our CDM Advisors can provide CDM2015 training to the client and project team. At Safety For Design, our CDM Advisors can design and facilitate Risk Workshops for designers, client and stakeholders to aid the design process and ensure projects are “safe by design” during the design and construction phases.
Competency checks can be conducted by to ensure any contractors or designers working on a project have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. References and examples of previous work will be requested to determine competency.
Site Health & Safety Surveys are essential. CDM advisors will visit the proposed construction site to identify existing health and safety issues and advise whether further information will be required prior to the start of construction. Advisors prepare and issue a Pre-Construction Information (PCI) report following a survey of the site detailing potential health and safety issues identified using existing surveys and reports. Safety For Design can provide advice at this stage regarding sufficiency of any existing information and/or the need for further investigations or surveys.
Construction Phase Plan collation - under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015, where a contractor is appointed Principal Contractor under Regulation 12, a Construction Phase Plan must be developed by the Principal Contractor. The Construction Phase Plan is required to detail how the Principal Contractor will plan and manage for health and safety during the construction phase.
For small jobs, it should contain:
• Brief details of the work, the client, other parties involved, and dates
• Site-specific risk assessments
• Site-specific method statements
• Other site-specific information, e.g. circuit drawings, asbestos information etc
For larger works it should contain information on:
• The project – description (what the project is, what the work may include), site location, CDM appointments (e.g. the Client, the Principal Designer, the health and safety consultants), duration, whether existing information provided is enough to be able to proceed with the work
• Management arrangements – structure and responsibilities, details of regular liaison between parties on site/communication and consultation with the workforce/exchange of design information between parties/control of contractors, site security, welfare facilities and first aid, reporting and investigation of accidents/incidents/near misses, risk assessment, written safe systems of work, site rules
• Arrangements for controlling significant risks – general risk issues (e.g. local restrictions, adjacent sites, site layout, deliveries, health issues)
• The health and safety file – responsibility for collation, information required
• Emergency procedures
• Site induction literature
• Contract risk assessment
At Safety For Design we have a team of CDM Consultants who have extensive knowledge of the CDM Regulations and the associated application of the regulations. Where a Principal Contractor requires assistance in developing the Construction Phase Plan one of our Consultants will firstly gain an understanding of the project and site constraints by reviewing the Clients Pre-Construction Information or where required by visiting site.
Often a Construction Phase Plan will require appendices such as site establishment plans, fire plans or traffic management plans all of which we can develop on your behalf. Safety For Design can provide training and guidance on the production of a Construction Phase Plan. We can also produce template documents for you to use.
Contractors may also appoint Safety For Design to produce and develop the necessary documentation, process and procedures on a project by project basis, taking the hassle out of site survey preparation.
Our CDM advisors can attend design team meetings and offer valuable CDM and health and safety advice/ support, as and when necessary. Designers often have questions or concerns on safety risks and require guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’. CDM Advisors can also offer ad-hoc advice and support, as necessary.
A Safety For Design advisor conducts regular site inspections to review any existing and potential health and safety risks on the project site/s. Regular visits to monitor site safety are important and serve to reassure the Client that the Principal Designer is managing health and safety effectively.
According to CDM Regulations, all Health and Safety documentation must be collected and recorded in a Health and Safety File, which is necessary for the construction and operational phases of a project. Our CDM advisor can monitor, maintain and review the development of the Client’s Health and Safety File throughout the lifetime of the project. This information can be made available to the project team via an online portal.
F10 Management is also an important service offered by our CDM Advisors. They will notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as and when appropriate, managing this responsibility for the Client for the duration of the project.
With over 100 years’ combined experience providing CDM services to major clients across the UK, our CDM Advisors are all either registered Members of the Association for Project Safety or are Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).
Safety For Design is a Registered Practice of the Association for Project Safety for both Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services. Safety For Design include Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services into our Quality Assurance accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001. These new services are also reflected in our Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.