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Construction, Design Management

Is there a legal requirement to manage construction safely?

The construction industry is hazardous, presenting a number of health and safety risks which need to be controlled. The legal requirements for risk management are documented in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), which came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007.

The HSE publication ‘L153 Managing health and safety in construction’ provides guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015, to help anyone with duties under the Regulations. It details the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion. It also defines what each dutyholder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety.

CDM dutyholders are defined as Clients, Domestic Clients, Designers, Principal Designers, Principal Contractors, Contractors and Workers. Their specific roles and legal obligations are very clear. For example, the Client is the organisation for whom a construction project is carried out. Their role is to make suitable arrangements for managing a project, to make sure that other dutyholders are appointed and have sufficient time and resources allocated. Other duties include making sure that relevant information is prepared and provided to other dutyholders, the principal designer and the principal contractor to carry out their duties and that welfare facilities are provided.

How can Santia help?

Our industry leading construction team has the qualifications, knowledge and experience to fully support our customers and manage the health and safety risks arising from CDM projects to keep people safe. Our bespoke services include:

  • Client CDM Advisor
  • Principal Designer
  • Principal Contractor
  • CDM Site Auditing

Why Santia?

At Santia, people are our greatest asset and are at the heart of everything we do. It is their unique combination of skills, qualifications and experience in CDM, health and safety and the specialist field of asbestos management that enables us to protect your organisation effectively.

Our ability to deliver these services successfully is evidenced by the projects we have delivered, such as:

  • A £1m asbestos removal and refurbishment project, including the removal and replacement of 650m2 cement roof panels, the removal of a number of licensed asbestos products from the internal structure including fire breaks and partition walls, installation of new facilities including electrical and mechanicals (HVAC).
  • A £3.6m demolition project of a 3 storey former boiler house, including the removal of asbestos, strip out of electrical and mechanical services and total waste management.
  • A £9.8m asbestos removal and decontamination project involving the removal of asbestos rope from Georgian wire glazing panels, thermal insulation debris, decontamination of pipework and removal of galbestos, being delivered over 3 years.

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