You Must Now Comply With New Legislation Covering Home Improvement Projects

Domestic clients needing building work done must now comply with the
following legislational changes which came into effect April 2015.

If you are having work done on your own home, or the home of a family member,
and it is not in connection with a business, you will be a domestic client.
The only responsibility a domestic client has under CDM 2015 is to appoint a principal
designer and a principal contractor when there is more than one contractor.
However, if you do not do this, (as is common practice) your duties as a domestic client
are automatically transferred to the contractor or principal contractor.
If you already have a relationship with your designer before the work starts,
the designer can take on your duties, provided there is a written agreement between
you and the designer to do so.

Business owners needing building work done must now comply with the following legislational changes which came into effect April 2015.

• Introduction:

Here is a short guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, we have taked excerts from the short guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 produced by the Health and Safety Executive

This leaflet is aimed at you if you are a building owner, user or managing agent and are having maintenance, small-scale building work or other minor works carried out in connection with a business – as you will be a client with legal duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).

Following the simple steps outlined below will help you meet your responsibilities as a client and ensure construction work and repairs are undertaken safely and without damaging worker’s and other people’s health. More complete details are to be found here >> Home / Business / Building Owners Resposibilities Under New Legislational Changes CDM 2015

• What does CDM 2015 do?

Complying with CDM 2015 will help ensure that no-one is harmed during the work, and that your building is safe to use and maintain while giving you good value. Effective planning will also help ensure that your work is well managed with fewer unexpected costs and problems.

• What do clients need to do?

Many clients, particularly those who only occasionally have construction work done, are not experts in construction work. Although you are not expected to actively manage or supervise the work yourself, you have a big influence over the way the work is carried out. Whatever the size of your project, you decide which designer and contractor will carry out the work and how much money, time and resource is available. The decisions you make have an impact on the health, safety and welfare of workers and others affected by the work.

CDM 2015 is not about creating unnecessary and unhelpful processes and paperwork. It is about choosing the right team and helping them to work together to ensure health and safety.

As the customer, you need to do the following:
  1. Appoint a principal contractor or principal designer if more than one contractor is required.
  2. Ensure there are arrangements in place for before work starts and throughout the build how safety risks are to be managed
  3. Allow enough time for the design, planning and construction work to be undertaken properly. i.e. safely.
  4. Provide your designer / main contractor / builder with information about what you want built, the site and existing structures or hazards that may be present such as asbestos, overhead cables, and buried services.
  5. You ar eexpected to communicate with your designer and contractor throughout the works - discuss issues affecting what will be built, how it will be built, how it will be used and how it will be maintained when finished.
  6. Make sure that your contractor has made arrangements for adequate welfare facilities for their workers before the work starts.
  7. you should not allow work to start on site until there is a written plan explaining how health and safety risks will be managed.
  8. Keep the health and safety file which should be given to you after the owrk is completed. It is a record of useful information which will help you manage health and safety risks during any future maintenance, repair, construction work or demolition. You should keep the file, make it available to anyone who needs to alter or maintain the building, and update it if circumstances change
  9. You must discuss how the construction work may affect pedestrian access; visitors, clients and other members of the public. Togtehr you need to ensure that signs to your entrance are clear; or change the way your deliveries operate.
  10. If your project is for a new workplace or alterations to an existing workplace (eg a factory or office), it must meet the standards set out in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

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