Ten questions unlock door to business Client CDM compliance

These questions are those most likely to be asked by HSE during a routine project intervention or incident investigation. The strength and veracity of your answers may affect the prospect of enforcement action by the regulator.

What are YOUR answers to these questions?

  1. Skills, knowledge etc. – How do you ensure that designers and contractors appointed by you have the skills, knowledge and experience and organisational capability to fulfil their roles?
  2. Management arrangements – How do you manage the project i.e. what arrangements have you made, including allocation of sufficient time and other resources, and how are your arrangements maintained and reviewed?
  3. Pre-construction information – How do you ensure that pre-construction information is provided to every designer and contractor appointed, or being considered for appointment, to the project?
  4. Principal Designer (PD) – How do you ensure that a PD is appointed in writing where required and that the PD complies with the PD duties?
  5. Health and Safety File preparation – How do you ensure that your appointed PD prepares a Health and Safety File (HSF) for the project?
  6. Health and Safety File revision – How do you ensure that any project HSF is revised from time to time to incorporate any new information and kept available for inspection?
  7. Principal Contractor (PC) – How do you ensure that a contractor is appointed as PC and that the PC complies with the PC duties?
  8. Construction phase plan – How do you ensure that a construction phase plan is drawn up by the PC or contractor before construction work begins?
  9. Welfare facilities – How do you ensure that the required welfare facilities are provided in respect of any person carrying out construction work?
  10. Cooperation with others – How do you cooperate with any other person working on or in relation to the project at the same or an adjoining construction site?

The questions can be used to structure your consideration of the HSE and Industry Guidance.