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What Facilities Managers need to know about the CDM regulation changes

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By Sarah Palfreyman, Compliance Manager (HSE), Mace Macro

For many Facilities Managers there may have been very little reason to pay attention to developments occurring within the construction industry in the past, but with the recent legislative changes to the Construction (Design Management) Regulations there is more reason now than ever to keep up to date. 

The new regulations were introduced on the 6 April 2015 replacing those of 2007.  These are the main set of regulations designed to manage the Health, Safety and Welfare of workers in the construction industry with the main aim of reducing the level of risk on all construction projects no matter what size. 

And whilst the definition of construction hasn’t changed… 

Construction is the alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or maintenance (other than general), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure.  

…there are a number of significant changes to the regulations of which you should be aware. In this blog I outline the key changes and where these can impact on those delivering facilities management. 

The key changes include; 

  • The removal of the CDM Co-ordinator (or CDMC for short) role.
  • Where more than one contractor is present a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor must be formally appointed by the client. 
  • Where the client does not formally appoint a Principal Designer or Principal Contractor they must fulfil these duties themselves.
  • All construction projects must have a construction phase plan in place prior to the works beginning (this must be suitable for the size and nature of the project).
  • Everyone working on the construction project must have the relevant Skills, Knowledge and Experience (or SKE for short) to carry out their role.

There is no lower threshold in place for construction projects, and the 2015 CDM regulations apply to all construction works no matter how big or small they are – including those that take place in domestic dwellings.

A project does however become notifiable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) or Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) if the construction work on a construction site is scheduled to;

  • Last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project; or
  • Exceed 500 person days.

Notification of projects can be done using an electronic F10 notification form which is available on the HSE’s website.  You can also find more detailed definitions and a full breakdown of the roles and responsibilities for CDM 2015 on the site using the link below.

So why is this important to those working in the Facilities Management industry?

General maintenance of plant and equipment carried out as part of planned preventative maintenance is unlikely to be classified as construction but more significant projects such as the replacement of plant and equipment may well be.  So it’s essential that Facilities Managers know their responsibilities and the differences between general maintenance and construction projects to better advise their business. 

In short, if it looks like construction and uses construction materials or skills – it is likely to be construction – but if you are unsure it’s important to check before works begin.  Examples of construction works that a facilities team might come across at the premises they manage could also include office refurbishments or moves, extensions or significant changes to the buildings infrastructure.  

As part of the wider Mace group, Macro have a number of specialists on hand to help our clients work through the changes to this legislation.  If you’re unsure there are lots of useful resources available on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/index.htm and CITB website: http://www.citb.co.uk/cdmregs.

If you need further support please contact: Andrew Broderick, Director of Performance QHSE, Macro.  Tel: + 44 (0) 7469 390810 or email: andrew.broderick@macemacro.com.