Construction & Design Management (CDM)

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (often referred to as the CDM regulations) apply to every construction project in Great Britain. CDM applies to all types of projects including domestic. If your project is big, small, long, or short – CDM applies.

We support Clients in their duties under CDM Regulations 2015 in site safety management and project control.


CDM Experts On Site and Beyond

Adept Safety make sure you are always aware of the CDM recommendations we make, leaving no room for uncertainty or potential risk at any stage of the construction project.

We are here to take the guesswork and confusion out of Construction (Design and Management) regulations to help you be best placed to ensure the highest level of safety and compliance on site.

CDM Overview

The CDM regulations were first introduced in 1994. But they have been through a few changes since then, once in 2007, and again in 2015. While some of the requirements have been adjusted and developed, the overall aim stays the same. To improve health and safety in construction.

Construction is a high-risk industry. Every year people are killed, and thousands injured or made ill, through construction work. Proper planning of the work and careful assessment of the hazards involved are vital to ensure the safety of those on the site.

The purpose of the CDM regulations is to make construction work safer – and it does this by placing duties on virtually everyone involved with construction work. Clients, contractors and designers all have to get involved with health and safety, to help improve the planning and management of projects, and identify hazards.

CDM places responsibilities and efforts where they can most benefit health and safety. It aims to focus the attention of the project team on the health and safety aspects of the project – because they have to, it’s the law.

To achieve its objectives the CDM regulations place duties on virtually everyone involved in construction work, particularly on key members of the project team such as the client, designers and contractors. These key members of the project are known under CDM as dutyholders.

Why Appoint Adept Safety

The official Dutyholders under CDM 2015 include the following:

Every dutyholder has duties under CDM. But they must help other dutyholders with their duties too, each dutyholder must cooperate and coordinate with the other people involved in the project.

The two main dutyholders will take charge of CDM at different stages of your project. The principal designer is in overall control of designers and the pre-construction phase. The principal contractor is in overall control of the contractors and the construction phase.

The Principal Designer is typically the CDM Dutyholder during the pre-construction phase. This role then shifts to the Principal Contractor, who has overall control over contractors during the construction phase.

Our team of expert consultants brings extensive experience and can assist you by being appointed the Principal Designer or assisting a Principal Contractor. This alleviates the burden of changing CDM Dutyholders at any stage during your construction project, and allows us to provide consistency from start to finish. This ensures Construction (Design and Management) regulations are followed consistently at all times.

Our health and safety consultants also facilitate the creation, implementation and monitoring compliant CDM Documentation. In addition to the standard health and safety documentation required under other regulations, CDM Regulations require additional documentation throughout various stages of the construction project which we can assist with. These include:

  • Pre-Construction Information

  • Construction Phase Plan

  • Health and Safety File

CDM Regulations Training

Our CDM Regulations Training covers everything you need to know about planning, managing, and maintaining everyone’s safety throughout a construction project. With CPD Accreditation and IOSH Approval, this course will help guide you towards compliance with current legislation. Understand the CDM Regulations and learn how to effectively plan your projects with this short CDM Regulations course.

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