The Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations have been part of the UK construction industry since 1994. CDM is aimed at improving the industry's record on health, safety and welfare for people involved in (or affected by) the construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings.
When first introduced in 1994 the CDM regulations created a new class of professional, the Planning Supervisor, whose role was to assist the rest of the industry in implementing the requirements placed on them by the regulations. In 2007 the CDM regulations were revised, new duties were introduced and the role of 'Planning Supervisor' was renamed 'CDM Coordinator'.
The CDM regulations have undergone another major change for 2015. From 6 April 2015 the role of 'CDM Coordinator' will no longer exist in the regulations. Instead clients will be required to nominate a 'Principal Designer' who will take the lead role in implementing the requirements of the regulations. For the first time, the CDM regulations will apply not only to commercial projects but also to small domestic projects, which means that small contractors will be required to pay full attention to matters of health, safety and welfare.
At EKJN, partners Ed Kelly and Jon Newey have both been involved in CDM from the outset, acting as Planning Supervisors on various projects and completing the conversion course in 2007 to become registered CDM Coordinators. Both partners are members of the Association of Project Safety. Jon Newey is an Incporated Member of APS (ImAPS) and a registered Principal Designer.
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