Whilst any external advisor cannot assume the legal duties, responsibilities and/or functions of the ‘Client’, some dutyholders require independent health and safety advice to supplement their own skills, knowledge and experience (SKE). The procurement of specialist expertise to support the delivery of quality construction projects may be both necessary and effective, particularly in the short term while further expertise is developed within the Client’s organisation.
Consequently, although not a specific role defined in the regulations, some customers appoint ‘advisors’ to support them in the discharge of their client duties under CDM.
Santia provides a fully comprehensive CDM advisory service with a designated ‘CDM Advisor’ allocated as your single point of contact throughout the whole project. Working closely with you to ensure that you fulfil your duties as required by the Regulations, your CDM Advisor can:
Visit the intended construction site to ascertain existing site health and safety issues
Identify further information required prior to the start of construction
Compile a detailed report which will form part of the pre-construction information
Attend design meetings
Provide advice and guidance on the ‘principles of prevention’
Notify the HSE as required and manage the notification for the life of the project
Liaise with the ‘Principal Contractor’ to ensure a suitable Construction Phase Plan is produced to enable work to begin on site
Undertake site audits to review the site setup, work practices and health and safety
Provide ongoing advice on any health and safety information relating to your site/project, providing reassurance that documents are suitable and sufficient for the intended project. Should these not be in place, the advisor will provide guidance on the changes required.
Santia advises a number of high profile clients including international luxury brands who trust us to protect their business.