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compliance – duties on clients


Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

The client has one of the biggest influences over the way a project is run. They have substantial influence and contractual control and their decisions and approach determine:

• the time, money and other resources available for projects;

• who makes up the project team, their competence, when they are appointed and who does what;

• whether the team is encouraged to co-operate and work together effectively;

• whether the team has the information that it needs about the site and any existing structures;

• the arrangements for managing and co-ordinating the work of the team.

Because of this, they are made accountable for the impact their approach has on the health and safety of those working on or affected by the project. However, the Regulations also recognise that many clients know little about construction health and safety, so clients are not required or expected to plan or manage projects themselves. Nor do they have to develop substantial expertise in construction health and safety, unless this is central to their business. Clients must ensure that various things are done, but are not normally expected to do them themselves.

In the case of notifiable projects, clients must appoint a competent CDM Co-ordinator.

Those clients without construction expertise should rely on the CDM Co-ordinator’s advice on how best to meet their duties, but the CDM Co-ordinator will need the client’s support and input to be able to carry out their work effectively.

The client remains responsible for ensuring that the client’s duties are met.

Clients can also, intentionally or unwittingly, take on additional responsibilities. If they specify materials or methods of working they may well become designers in relation to those specific matters.

They will also legally be contractors if they directly manage or carry out construction work.

Clients must make sure that:

1. designers, contractors and other team members that they propose to engage are competent (or work under the supervision of a competent person), are adequately resourced and appointed early enough for the work they have to do;

2. they allow sufficient time for each stage of the project, from concept onwards;

3. they co-operate with others concerned in the project as is necessary to allow other duty holders to comply with their duties under the Regulations;

4. they co-ordinate their own work with others involved with the project in order to ensure the safety of those carrying out the construction work, and others who may be affected by it;

5. there are reasonable management arrangements in place throughout the project to ensure that the construction work can be carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable, safely and without risk to health.

6. contractors have made arrangements for suitable welfare facilities to be provided from the start and throughout the construction phase;

7. any fixed workplaces (for example offices, shops, factories, schools) which are to be construction will comply, in respect of their design and the materials used, with any requirements of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992;

8. relevant information likely to be needed by designers, contractors or others to plan and manage their work is passed to them in order to comply with Regulation 10.

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