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The role of the CDM Co-ordinator (CDMC) is being replaced with ‘Principal Designer’. ACA will implement the change by strengthening the team

February 23, 2015

The role of the CDM Co-ordinator (CDMC) is being replaced with ‘Principal Designer’. ACA will implement the change by strengthening the team

The ‘Principal Designer’ will be responsible for health and safety within the design team. All duties will be similar to the CDMC but with more control and influence over the design.

All duty holders have a legal obligation to provide information, instruction, training and supervision thus replacing the duty to assess competence. Construction phase co-ordination remains the duty of the Principal Contractor.

The ACOP has been replaced with tailored guidance. No date has been announced for HSE issue of the guidance documents. Until then, ACA will use old guidance. All Clients must ensure that the Principal Designer for health and safety complies with their duties.

F10 notification is required for projects with 30 days, more than 20 persons on site or 500 man-days and the Client is responsible for notifying HSE. The Client is required to appoint a Principal Contractor and/or Principal Designer if there will be more than one Contractor on site.

A construction phase plan will be required for all projects.

ACA is strengthening the health and safety team with the collaboration of Andy Hoskins, for the delivery of the service for the increasing number of projects. Andy, who has extensive experience in the construction environment, has worked with Alex during previous practices, providing a similar role.

Alex Caruso says, “Health and safety is not just part of the services we offer, it is at the heart of our design ethos.”