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CDM Health and Safety

CMD Health and Safety

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or CDM, are the main regulations for managing the health and safety of everyone involved within construction projects. 

CDM applies to all building and construction work including new builds, refurbishment and repair projects, demolition, conversions and property maintenance.  The purpose of the regulations was to ensure that the entire “project team” are focused on safety first, to improve project planning and management to enable early identification of hazards and place responsibilities and efforts where they can most benefit the health, safety and wellbeing of all involved.

This means that businesses need to:

Plan work so the risks involved are managed throughout every project

Ensure the people used are correctly trained and qualified to do the job

Cooperate and coordinate work with other parties involved in the build process

Be informed about the risks involved and record how they are being managed

Communicate relevant information to all parties

Consult and engage with workers so they are aware of the risks and how they should be managed

The Roles within CDM Process

The regulations give all parties involved in any kind of construction project a legal responsibility and specific duties to adhere to. The regulations define a number of “duty holders” or parties as detailed below.


Anyone who has construction work completed on their behalf whether for a private or commercial construction project.


Anyone whether an individual or business that prepares or modifies designs, drawings or plans and includes architects and quantity surveyors.

Principal Designer

The lead designer when more than one contractor and who must manage, monitor & co-ordinate health and safety during pre-construction phase.


An individual or business that manages or carries out the construction work for the project, including sub-contractors, sole traders & the self-employed.

Principal Contractor

An individual or company appointed by the Client to manage the construction when more than one contractor is being used and who is responsible for the planning, management, monitoring and co-ordination of all health and safety during construction phase.


Someone who works for, or under the control of, a Contractor on a construction site.

These complex regulations require all parties within the Construction Process to be fully aware of the regulations, their role and duties. For many, getting help and guidance from experienced Health and Safety Consultants such as Sureteam can ensure compliance and give peace of mind.

CDM Case Study

Corella Ltd is a family run, building construction firm based in Wiltshire that undertakes all types of building projects offering specialist building techniques as well as project management.

How Sureteam can Help

Outsourcing elements of your Construction and CDM Health and Safety Process to a specialist and experienced team not only ensures compliance with CDM Legislation to protect your people and those they interact with, but will also save valuable time.

We can provide a full suite of support including:

We can also provide employee training including Highfield Level 1 Award in Health & Safety within Construction Environment (RFQ), Level 2 Principles of Manual Handling and Working at Height Training to ensure your team have the necessary skills to conduct their roles safely.

To find out more, give us a call on 01666 503686 for a no obligation chat with a member of our team.

Give us a call

Our team are on hand for any advice you need give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your health and safety needs. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, or CDM, apply to all construction projects no matter how big or small or whether domestic or commercial.

They cover new builds, refurbishments, maintenance and repairs, extensions and demolitions.

Yes, we can provide assistance with Risk Assessments and practical guidance on ensuring you are taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of everyone from Social Distancing to PPE. 


For more information about working under COVID-19 check out our COVID-19 Resources page.

Yes, we can not only provide support for your physical sites but also a wide range of more general Health and Safety training and support for administrative offices and staff including Display Screen Equipment, and Occupational Health.

Give our team a call on 01666 503686 to find out how they could help.

If your project meets the criteria below it is classed as an F10 notifiable project to the Health and Safety Executive

A project where work is expected to:

  • last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers working at the same time at any point on the project, or;
  • exceed 500 person days

More Resources

Seeking further advice and support, why not take a look at our Resources section with toolbox talks, HSE publications and useful links or read our latest blog post for advice from our team

Paul Aubrey, Director of Corella Ltd

Having worked with Sureteam since we started the business and been impressed by their expertise and professionalism, we knew that we wanted to partner with them for this larger project. Knowing that we could trust them absolutely to ensure our compliancy with the CDM Regulations and to deliver and provide high-quality health and safety advice, documents and training was so important to us, our sub-contractors and ultimately our client.

Our new two-tier contract system with Sureteam, really provides us with the flexibility and service that we require given the changeable nature of the projects we work on and helps ensure our budgets are spent wisely.  Knowing we have their support in this way means we can tender for larger projects with confidence.

Paul Aubrey, Director – Corella Ltd

Paul Aubrey, Director of Corella Ltd

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