The CDM Regulations 2015 replaced the 2007 version applying certain duties onto the owners, or the ‘Client’, of domestic properties when carrying out building works.
Who is a domestic Client?
Not all residential properties are considered to be Domestic premises, if there is a business registered at the address then the Client will be considered to be a Commercial Client and different rules apply.
A domestic Client is usually someone having work carried out on their own home or that of a family member.
What do you need to do as a domestic Client?
As a domestic Client you are not expected to know the CDM Regulations and what is required under them. This is where the person or firm you appoint as the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor comes in. As a Client your main duty is to ensure that these roles are appointed accordingly.
The Principal Designer is a person or firm with the relevant experience and knowledge to assess and manage risks that may arise when designing and using a building. Many times, this is not the architect in charge of designing your project as they do not have the relevant health and safety experience.
The Principal Designer should remain a member of the project team throughout the construction phase to ensure that health and safety remains in everybody’s minds throughout the whole project.
The Principal Contractor should be appointed if there is one or more contractors to be on site, which is the case in most build projects. They will help to manage the health and safety of the project throughout the construction phase.
The overarching reason for the CDM regulations is to ensure the safety of workers, contractors, visitors and members of the public. Construction work is one of the most dangerous industries to work in in the UK. By following the guidance under the CDM Regulations 2015 you will be helping to keep everyone safe while they build your dream home.
Here at Hewitt&Carr Services we can help to guide you through the CDM Regulations and provide you with the relevant and timely information.
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