2015 CDM Regulations

On Monday 6 April 2015, the 2015 CDM Regulations replaced the 2007 Regulations. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects.

Key changes of the new 2015 CDM Regulations

1. All projects must have:

  • workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience
  • contractors providing appropriate supervision, instruction and information
  • a written construction phase plan

2. Project where more than one contractor is involved (domestic or non-domestic) must have 1 above plus:

  • principal designer and principal contractor must be appointed
  • a health and safety file

3. If work is scheduled to:

  • last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working simultaneously at any point in the project
  • OR exceeds 500 person days

All of 1 and 2 above plus

  • Client must notify project to HSE
  • Main roles include:
  • Client
  • Designers
  • Contractors

Where there is more than one contractor there are additional roles:

  • Principle designer
  • Principle contractor

On large projects the client is responsible for managing the Principle designer and Principle contractor to make sure they carry out their duties. The designer is responsible for health and safety during the planning stage including identifying, eliminating or minimising foreseeable health and safety risks.

What happens if I don’t comply with my duties under the 2015 CDM Regulations?

You are more likely to have a dangerous or fatal accident while your construction work is carried out if you do not ensure that the CDM 2015 Regulations are followed. In addition, your finished structure may not be safe to use, safe to maintain and may not deliver you good value for money.

Serious breaches of health and safety legislation on a construction project could result in construction work having to be stopped by HSE or your local authority and additional work may be needed to rectify matters. In the most serious circumstances you may be prosecuted.

What’s in it for me?

The 2015 CDM Regulations aim to help you ensure that your construction project is safe to build, safe to use, safe to maintain and delivers good value by:

  • helping you to reduce bureaucracy and paperwork – making the focus planning and management, rather than the plan and other paperwork;
  • simplifying the regulations to improve clarity – so making it easier for duty holders to know what is expected of them;
  • encouraging more integration – strengthening the requirements regarding co-ordination and co-operation, particularly between designers and contractors;
  • simplifying the assessment of competence (both for organisations and individuals) to help raise standards and reduce bureaucracy; and
  • maximising their flexibility – to fit with the vast range of contractual arrangements.

The CDM Coordinator role has been removed from the regulations, however we can act as CDM Advisor. We offer competent support and access to health and safety expertise.

For more information on 2015 cdm regulations, contact us today.

2015 CDM Regulations
Enquire about 2015 CDM Regulations Services

    Please use the contact form below to enquire about our services:


    Call Us: 0845 834 0400
    We have worked with Walker Health and Safety Services for several years. They have provided us with excellent and speedy support and guidance on all matters of health and safety and related matters. We would highly recommend to others, their knowledge, skills, and application in all aspects of company safety.

    Harry - Acton Banks
    Great service from Emma and what a lovely lady! Carried out our DSE workstation assessments and is happy to come back and check on us once we have our new chairs! Would definitely recommend.

    CEL UK - Marie
    I can safely say, the service I received from Walker Health and Safety Services was excellent…From the visit to our premises (on Emma's day off!) to the final risk assessment. I was consulted throughout the process, and everything was explained in a way I could understand. It was a very specific assessment that I needed but will definitely use them in the future for risk assessment/health and safety requirements.

    The Asylum Venue - Roy
    Just about 2 years ago I was looking for an external consultant to help develop and improve our policies and procedures. Our search led us to Emma at Walker Health and Safety Services in the intervening years Emma has consistently delivered timely updates and helpful advice. Added to that 2 very thorough audits with effective feedback and points for improving, Protolabs is delighted to work with Emma and looks forward to many more years of partnership and co-operation I highly recommend this company and its services to anyone.

    Protolabs Limited - Alan
    Emma and the team at Walker Health and Safety are fantastic to work with. We always get clear and pragmatic advice to make sure we are keeping our staff - and our customers safe. Emma is very knowledgeable and puts the needs of our business first, adapting her practices to suit us - not the other way round! I can't recommend her highly enough!

    Jane, Public Relations Stafford
    Read all testimonials

    Associations and Affiliates