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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM)

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 applies to all construction projects and place duties on clients, designers and contractors to consider health and safety and provide a safe system and work.
A project is notifiable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if it is likely to last longer than 30 days or involve more than 500 person days of construction work. A ‘person day’ is one individual, including supervisors or specialist trades, carrying out construction work for one normal working shift.

Where a project is notifiable a CDM Coordinator and Principle Contractor is appointed. They will ensure all work is carried out by competent people and ensure finances are available to meet health and safety responsibilities. The Principle Contractor must produce a health and Safety plan prior to the commencement of the project. The safety file must be maintained throughout the duration of the project. The coordinator will ensure this happens and forward the plan to the client on completion of the project.

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