What are CDM Regulations and what do they mean to Householders?
Since April 2015, CDM regulation (CDM is Construction Design and Management) has been in force that affects home owners who undertake construction work on their premises.
It’s easy to roll our eyes at the prospect of any compliance regulation and instantly think ‘jobs worth’, but it really isn’t as simple as that.
CDM regulation applies to almost all construction, engineering or development project and that includes domestic projects and builds.
But don’t panic because this is a good thing!
Because as a homeowner, by following the CDM guidelines, you’re able to protect yourself against claims in the event of an accident on your site. In an increasing litigious society, that’s something worth knowing!
So, what do you have to do?
If your project involves more than one contractor, which is probable, you’ll need to appoint a Principal Contractor to plan, manage and coordinate the entire construction phase.
This includes taking on responsibility for managing mitigating risks and all things ‘Health & Safety’. They must also ensure that all contractors have the appropriate skills to safely do their job.
All of the above should be reflected in corresponding documentation.
As you can see, there’s a lot to do and we’re only scraping the surface in this short article.
If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of it before, it’s because some companies tend to overlook the regulation. And while that may give the impression of a lot less hassle, it also leaves you, as the homeowner, somewhat exposed if these steps aren’t completed.
Without a documented Principal Contractor in place, any legal claims are likely to find their way back to you, whether you were aware of any issues or not.
With that in mind, if you’re considering an extension, conversion or renovation project you need to ensure you’re working with a builder that is both familiar with CDM and willing and able to undertake the responsibilities.
Parker Home fully complies with all applicable CDM and building regulations. We also have full Public Liability insurance and adhere to stringent health and safety guidelines. This is to ensure the safety of you, your home and everyone involved in your project.