The CDM Regulations 2015 place responsibility for managing the health and safety of a construction project on three main duty holders; the Client, Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

The Client ensures that the construction project is set up so that it is carried out from start to finish in a way that adequately controls the risks to the health and safety of those who may be affected. Further details are available here.

The Principal Designer manages health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. The role extends to the construction phase through the principal designer’s duties to liaise with the principal contractor and ongoing design work. Further details are available here.

The Principal Contractor manages the construction phase of a project. This involves liaising with the client and principal designer throughout the project, including during the pre-construction phase. Further details are available here.

Depending upon the nature of the project, the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor may be supported by designers, contractors and workers.

A commercial client is an organisation or individual for whom a construction project is carried out in connection with a business, whether the business operates for profit or not. The Client has overall responsibility for the successful management of the project and is supported by the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor in different phases of the project.

If you are affected by the CDM Regulations 2015 then our team of qualified consultants can support you as part of the project team, either as Principal Designer or as a CDM adviser to the Client, Principal Contractor or Principal Designer. Please contact us so that we can provide you with a responsibility matrix that not only makes your obligations clear, but will show how our services provide you with the support you need to comply with the Regulations.