Steel Buildings and CDM Regs 2015
Springfield Steel Buildings welcomes the changes to CDM regulations.
If you are a client you should read this.
2015 Regulations As of the 6th April 2015, the CDM Regulations, originally introduced in 1995 and amended in 2007, have been revised. Ongoing projects are currently within a six month transitional arrangement where the old regulations may continue, however after this transition period the revised 2015 Regulations will apply.
The new Regulations have significantly amended the roles and responsibilities of those involved in a construction project, with a focus on three key areas, Principal Designer, Client and Competence.
Key points to remember:
- All appointments of Principal Designer are to be made in writing by the client, if no appointment is made the client is deemed to be the duty holder.
- The client is responsible for signing the HSE notification.
- Every contract where there is more than one contractor appointed must have a Construction Phase Plan, it is the clients duty to ensure this is prepared.
- Notification parameters have also been amended.
Why you should comply with your duties as a client
If you do not comply with CDM 2015, you are likely to be failing to influence the management of health and safety on your project. This means that your project could be putting workers and others at risk of harm, and that the finished structure may not achieve good standards and be value for money.
If you don’t appoint a principal designer or principal contractor you will be responsible for the things that they should have done.
Serious breaches of health and safety legislation on your construction project could result in construction work being stopped by HSE or your local authority and additional work may be needed to put things right. In the most serious circumstances, you could be prosecuted.
At Springfield Steel Buildings we are committed to planning and executing all operations in a manner that preserve the health, welfare and safety of our employees, sub-contractors, clients, end users of our projects and the general public.
Our company has an impeccable record for health and safety and continues to ensure that accident and ill health prevention is the highest priority. Due to the nature of our business and its operations, our activities are carried out with the upmost duty of care and attention.
We employ a health and safety management consultant to ensure our projects are carried out to the highest standards with regards to health and safety.
Springfield Steel Buildings Ltd employs steel erectors and cladding operatives with knowledge in the safe and correct construction of our innovative cold rolled steel framed buildings. Site operatives are all CSCS certified with the appropriate IPAF 3a & 3b in the use of Mobile Elevated Working Platforms. Site supervisors are assessed to the standard CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme SSSTS and have attended a three-day emergency first aid course.
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