Construction Design & Management Regulations
THE CONSTRUCTION (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects.
CDM applies to all construction work and includes new-build controlled environments, as well as demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance of cleanrooms and laboratories.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has produced the industry guidance written by industry volunteers appointed via the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC).
CDM aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping construction companies like Cleanroom Solutions sensibly plan our work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish.
CDM ensures Cleanroom Solutions:
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time
- Co-operate and co-ordinate our work with other parties involved in the project
- Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- Communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed.
CDM is an inclusive duty-of-care process involving the client, Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor, as well as all Sub-Contractors and Operatives associated with the project.
Principal Designers and Contractors
It is the clients’ duty to appoint a Principal Designer and Contractor – and it is advisable that the client appoints the Principal Designer role to protect both them and Cleanroom Solutions; to act as an intermediary between both parties.
The Principal Contractor (in most cases, Cleanroom Solutions) plan, manage and monitor throughout the process – the Principal Designers work to reduce risk, inform others and eliminate hazards.
The Principal Designer produces the PCI (Pre-Construction Information), which then allows Cleanroom Solutions, as Principal Contractor, to produce a Construction Phase Plan.
Co-ordination and communication between the Principal Contractor and Principal Designer is critical throughout the process. Cleanroom Solutions provide O&M (Operations and Maintenance) information to the Principal Designer who then compile a Health & Safety file for the client on completion of the project.