CDM Co-ordinator Service
The aim of the CDM Regulations 2007 is to improve the overall management and co-ordination of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of a construction project and therefore to reduce the large number of serious and fatal accidents and cases of ill health which happen every year in the construction industry.
The CDM Co-ordinators role is to provide the Client with advice and assistance in relation to construction health and safety risk management matters. They assist and advise the Client on the appointment of competent Designers and Contractors and the adequacy of management arrangements. CDM Co-ordinators also ensure proper co-ordination of the health and safety aspects of the design process. They facilitate good communication and cooperation between project team members and co-ordinate the preparation of the Health and Safety File.
OM Safety Solutions Ltd is committed to providing a CDM Co-ordination service that is second to none and as such we have outlined our methodology below. For each project that we are appointed CDM Co-ordinators we will:
- Upon appointment, inform the Client(s) of their duties under the Regulations, and clarify any queries relating to those duties;
- Notify the Health and Safety Executive of the project and then issue updates upon the appointment of the Principal Contractor and as any significant changes to the project occur;
- Visit the site in order to gain an understanding of the project as well as identify at an early stage any foreseeable hazards which might affect the health, safety and welfare of those involved in the project. This will include operatives, occupants of the building, members of the public, occupants of surrounding premises, etc;
- During the design stage, identify and collate the Pre-Construction Information pack; advise the client(s) if further surveys need to be undertaken to fill significant gaps and ensure that the Pre-Construction Information pack is provided to the Principal Contractor;
- Throughout the duration of the project, provide advice and assistance to the Client(s) to enable compliance with their duties under the CDM Regulations 2007. This will include ensuring that adequate arrangements are in place for managing the project or any clarification of roles if necessary;
- Liaise with the Designers and attend design co-ordination meetings as appropriate throughout the design process and ensure that Designers comply with their duties under CDM Regulations 11 and 18;
- Assess the competence and resources of all contractors, and advise the Client accordingly;
- Prior to the commencement of construction, liaise with the Principal Contractor in relation to the production of the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan;
- Advise the client(s) on the suitability of the initial Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan and the arrangements made to ensure that welfare facilities are on site from the start of the construction phase;
- During the construction phase(s) of the project, advise the Client(s) and the Principal Contractor of the Health and Safety implications of any significant changes in design;
- Attend site meetings where necessary and co-ordinate the compilation of the Health and Safety File;
- After the construction work has been completed, collate all information requested from the Designers, the Principal Contractor and all other Contractors, for inclusion in the Health and Safety File;
- Finally review all information contained in the Health and Safety File, deal with any key errors or omissions, and hand over the final, completed Health and Safety File to the Client(s).
For further clarification on any of the above points and additional information on the roles and responsibilities under The CDM Regulations 2007, please see CDM – The Role of the CDM Co-ordinator.
Contact us to find out how we can help your project remain safe and compliant, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert CDM Co-ordinators.