Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Courses Available Online, Virtually and Classroom
Fully Certified NEBOSH, IOSH, IEMA Accredited
7-Day Customer Service
David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS

Responsibilities of the Principal Designer under CDM 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came in to effect on 6 April 2015 with the key aim of encouraging safer working practice in order to prevent injury, ill-health and fatalities to those working in construction and also to reduce bureaucracy.

April 2015

Replacement of CDM Co-ordinator Role

A significant change in CDM 2015 is the replacement of the CDM Coordinator (created under CDM 2007), with a new Principal Designer (PD) role. The appointment of the PD is the responsibility of the Client for all projects involving more than one Contractor, including domestic projects.  The Client also has a duty to ‘take reasonable steps’ to ensure the PD complies with any other PD duties under 2015.

In short, the Project Lead Designer or indeed any of the aforementioned roles may be appointed as PD, if they have control of the pre-construction phase.  As the term 'control' relates only to the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects, and not to other aspects of project management, it is important to bear in mind that anyone undertaking the PD role must have the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to perform the functions required at Regulations 11 and 12 of CDM 2015.

In situations where the Designer does not have appropriate skills, knowledge or experience, they might be supported by a Health and Safety Advisor, although the Designer will remain accountable for the performance of the PD duties.

Transitional Arrangement for Existing Projects

Clients should be aware that the transitional arrangements for existing projects (including non-notifiable projects) require them to assess their current management arrangements for compliance of CDM 2015. Where an existing project has a CDM Coordinator, a PD must be appointed before 6 October 2015 unless the project ends before that date. During the interim period the existing CDM Coordinator must fulfil the transitional duties specified.

The project management implications of the introduction of the PD role are clear.  The PD has a more central role in a construction project than the CDM Coordinator previously had, so is in a far better position to influence health and safety early in the project.

As the vast majority of construction projects will have more than one contractor, the focus is now squarely on the Client to appoint a PD, and also to ensure that the PD complies with their statutory duties. Any failure to do so could also lead to costly enforcement intervention, including the issue of notices to remedy deficiencies or stop dangerous activities.


Further information

Related Blogs

  • The Future of Astutis: Redefining our DNA Image
    Steve Terry

    The Future of Astutis: Redefining our DNA

    Our Managing Director, Steve Terry, analyses the recent rebrand and the updated website. 
    03.12.21
  • The Spirit of the Union Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    The Spirit of the Union

    This year marks the 50TH Anniversary of UAE National Day or the Spirit of the Union. Find out more here.
    02.12.21
  • What is the NEBOSH Open Book Exam? Image
    Ruth Williams DipCAM MCIM

    What is the NEBOSH Open Book Exam?

    Unclear about open book exams? This blog covers everything you would need to know about OBEs and how to answer them.
    25.11.21
  • What is sustainable business? Image
    Steve Terry

    What is sustainable business?

    Read a special piece from our Managing Director about sustainable business and how our continued enivronmental efforts are making a difference.
    08.11.21
  • Top Five Tips on How to Combat Stress in the Workplace Image
    Rachel Haines

    Top Five Tips on How to Combat Stress in the Workplace

    It is easy to become overwhelmed at work. No matter what the role, it can be a high pressured, fast-paced environment that, over a period of time, can cause stress. Read our top five tips on how to combat workplace stress, for a happier, healthier work-life.
    04.11.21
  • How the NEBOSH General Certificate innovates careers Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    How the NEBOSH General Certificate innovates careers

    11.10.21
Section Curve
Case Studies

Real Life Stories

Find out how learners look back on their training with Astutis. Our case studies give our learners, both individual and corporate, a platform to share their Astutis experience. Discover how training with Astutis has helped past learners and delegates make the world a safer place, one course at a time.
More Image
Bottom Curve
What People Say

Hear What Our Learners Have To Say

We're always there for our customers. 98% of our learners rated their overall experience as good or outstanding. We will always pride ourselves on our customer service. But don’t take our word for it, here is what our customers have to say
  • "Clear and detailed information with points examples from the ongoing changes in the environment"

    Antoniya Petkova
    01.11.2021
  • "It's very early days for me but everything is fine so far."

    Jaki Walsh
    11.10.2021
  • "Currently doing the General Cert & have found Astutis to be an excellent training provider, with great lessons & resources."

    Justin
    10.10.2021
  • "So far the course material appears thorough and informative, that being said I only staterted the course one week ago"

    Peter Medhurst
    06.10.2021
  • "Still going through it. Will be able to reply after completing it"

    SHYAM
    04.10.2021
  • "Excellent course. Thanks."

    Musaad AlShammari
    22.09.2021
  • "I'm enjoying the course so far."

    Mark Sharp
    16.09.2021
  • "the course is good and on a good standard but It is some how expensive comparing the income of different people mainly in Africa."

    Tugiriyera Valens
    15.09.2021
  • "Fantastic course with first class interactive features."

    Ronnie Smith
    08.09.2021
  • "Only just started but good so far!"

    04.08.2021