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CDM Principal Designer Services

CDM Principal Designer Services

In the UK, the principal designer is a statutory role under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The principal designer’s role is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. The intent of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is for designers to take responsibility for the health and safety aspects of their design, including any implications for maintenance and operation, and to ensure that a Principal Designer takes responsibility for coordinating health and safety in the design process.


The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: Sets out the legal responsibilities that all stakeholders involved in the construction must comply with when they are carrying out building, civil engineering, construction engineering or demolition projects. The CDM 2015 Regulations as well as other regulations sets out the clear duties of each involved. CDM North can manage these obligations and responsibilities on your behalf.

The key elements include:

  • Managing the risks by applying the general principles of prevention

  • Appointing the right people and the organisations at the right time

  • Making sure everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out  their jobs in a way that secures health and safetyDuty holders cooperating and communicating with each other and co-ordinating their work 

  • Consulting workers and engaging with them that develops effective measures to secure health safety and welfare

Health and Safety Duties and Responsibilities


Regulation 8: Sets out a number of requirements on anyone working on a project with certain responsibilities. They relate to appointing designers and contractors, the need for co-operation between dutyholders, reporting anything likely to endanger health and safety and ensuring information and instruction is understandable.


The Principal Contractors Duties
The Contractors Duties
The Clients Duties 
The Designers Duties

Principal Contractor Duties:

Regulation 13


Sets out the principal contractors duties during the construction phase. The main duty is to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase. Other duties include making suitable site regulations,  creating policy, writing inductions, and making sure that the welfare facilities are adequate and provided for.They must also take account of the health and safety risks to everyone affected by the work (including members of the public) in planning and managing the measures needed to control them, and liaise with the client and principal designer. 

Contractor Duties:

Regulation 15


Sets out the contractors duties during the construction phase. 

make sure the client is aware of the client duties under CDM 2015 before any work starts, plan, manage and monitor all work carried out by themselves and their workers, taking into account the risks to anyone who might be affected by it (including members of the public) and the measures needed to protect them check that all workers they employ or appoint have the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the work, or are in the process of obtaining them make sure that all workers under their control have a suitable, site-specific induction, unless this has already been provided by the principal contractor. 

Clients Duties: 

Regulations 4 and 5


Sets out the clients duty to make suitable arrangements for managing a project and maintaining and reviewing these arrangements throughout, so the project is carried out in a way that manages the health and safety risks. For projects involving more than one contractor, these regulations require the client to appoint a principal designer and a principal contractor and make sure they carry out their duties.

Principal Designer Duties:

Regulation 9


The designer is an organisation or individual whose business involves preparing or modifying designs for construction projects, or arranging for, or instructing, others to do this. Designs include drawings, design details, specifications, bills of quantity and design calculations.  They also include the duty to eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable health and safety risks through the design process, such as those that may arise during construction worker in maintaining and using the building once it is built. 

CDM North can help all clients commercial, local authority, principal contractors, contractors help discharge the duties required to complete you construction project. Click here to contact us.

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