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CDM Regulations 2015 – 3 Key Documents
Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 are applicable to all construction projects regardless of the size, duration, commercial or domestic (residential).
What is classified as ‘Construction Work’ – the CDM Regulations 2015 define “Construction work means the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes (a) the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commission, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance (including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure, or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure”
The CDM Regulations require 3 key documents for projects where there is more than one contractor and they are:
Pre-construction information can include information such as surveys, drawings, services, relevant information for the project. It is the Principal Designers responsibility to co-ordinate health and safety information at the pre-construction stage, therefore it is important the Principal Designer is appointed as early as possible in the project.
Construction Phase Plan
The Construction Phase Plan (or sometimes referred to as the Construction Health and Safety Plan) is required by CDM Regulations on all projects regardless of size, duration or
complexity). The Construction Phase Plan must be must be prepared before any work commences.
The Construction Phase Plan is a document detailing how health and safety will be managed throughout the duration of the project and will include details of work to be carried out, project management team and emergency arrangements. The content of the Construction Phase Plan will be specific to the project and should include the following key headings:
Health and Safety File
The Health and Safety File is an important document required by CDM Regulations 2015 and is required on projects where there is more than one contractor.
The Health and Safety File is prepared by the Principal Designer and will contain all relevant Health and Safety information needed to allow future construction work and future use (cleaning and maintenance) of the building to be carried out safely.
Information for the Health and Safety File is gathered off all CDM Duty Holders including the Client, Principal Contractor and other contractors working on the project.
The Health and Safety File should be proportionate to the project, larger more complex projects will require more information than a relatively small straight forward project.
The CDM Regulations 2015 require certain information to be included within the Health and Safety File (the exact information to be included will depend on the size, and complexity of the project). Generally, the Health and Safety File should include the following: