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Competent CDM Coordinator: What are Clients duties under CDM Regulations
Posted by David Cant on April 7, 2009


On all non domestic construction projects, the Client is required to:-
• Check competence and resources of all appointees
• Ensure there are suitable management arrangements for the project including welfare facilities
• Allow sufficient time and resources for all stages
• Provide pre-construction information to designers and contractors


Additionally, on Notifiable* projects, the Client is required to:-
• Appoint CDM Co-ordinator
• Sign the declaration to HSE
• Appoint Principal Contractor
• Make sure that the construction phase does not start unless there are suitable welfare facilities and a construction phase plan in place
• Provide information relating to the health and safety file to the CDM Co-ordinator
• Retain and provide access to health and safety file

* Notifiable projects are those with an estimated construction period longer than 30 working days or involving more than 500 person days.


This summary is based on paragraph 23 of Managing Health and Safety in Construction, the approved code of practice under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Reference should be made to that document for full details of the Client’s duties.

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  1. noel
    October 12, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Question 1.
    What part of the CDM is detailed under the HSWA 74, is the HSWA 74 made up of a list of bodies that work under the act?

    What other regulations are listed within the Act,,,student learning ONC–

  2. safetymatters
    October 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety at work in the UK.

    The HSE is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.

    The CDM Regulations 2007 (Construction Design and Management) are amongst many secondary pieces of Legislation made under the HASAW Act which are available on the HSE website here >

    Hope this answers your question.

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