If a business is having work carried out which looks and feels like maintenance or construction, it will probably fall under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015). This could include such things as having racking installed, or contractors building an exhibition stand at a venue.
Whereas you may believe the onus on health and safety here is on the contractor working, in relation to CDM it is the client that is actually responsible for ensuring the competence of a contractor. We’ve heard from many businesses that they put the trust in the contractor, assuming that he or she knows what they’re doing as what they do and therefore letting them lead the way. However, should anything go wrong, it is the client that is ultimately accountable as it is their duty to ensure their site is safe to work on.
To help clients ensure they have safe working areas, at Sky Blue Safety we offer a CDM service.
How The CDM Service Works
There is an Essential 5 Step CDM Process:
Step 1 – Planning
- Attend site understand works to be carried out
- Develop initial project brief
Step 2 – Provision of information by contractor
- Send out contractor questionnaire, review returned questionnaire and generic RAM’s provided (Up to 3 contractors)
- Attend site to review RAM’s with selected contractor so that they cover potential hazards, and controls so far as is reasonably practicable are in place
Step 3 – Contractors commencing work
- Provide assistance in inducting contractors
Step 4 – Monitoring works in progress
Step 5 – Review
- Site left in a safe condition
- All waste has been cleared and disposed of•
- Lessons learnt
If you’d like more information on how we can help you with our CDM Service, please contact us.