Ten questions unlock door to Principal Designer 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.

  • Client awareness – How do you satisfy yourself that the client is aware of their CDM 2015 duties?
  • Skills and knowledge etc. – How do you ensure you have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capabilities in place on the project?
  • Pre-construction information – How do you assist the client in the provision of pre-construction information (PCI) to designers and contractors?
  • Designer compliance – How do you ensure that all designers working on the project comply with their CDM duties?
  • Control of pre-construction phase – How do you plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase?
  • Risk avoidance – How do you, during the pre-construction phase, identify and eliminate or control foreseeable risks to those carrying out or liable to be affected by construction work; maintaining or cleaning a structure; or using a structure designed as a workplace?
  • Principles of prevention – How do you take into account the general principles of prevention and any construction phase plan and health and safety file (where relevant)?
  • Cooperation with others – How do you ensure all persons working in relation to the pre-construction phase cooperate with you, the client and each other?
  • Liaisonwith PC – How do you liaise with the principal contractor and share information relevant to the planning, management and monitoring of the construction phase and the coordination of health and safety matters during the construction phase?
  • Health and safety file– How do you ensure the health and safety file is prepared, reviewed, updated and revised from time to time and passed to the client?