11 Tips for Project CDM in 2021

11 Tips for Project CDM in 2021

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Project Four Safety Solutions have put together 11 top tips into simple terms for Project CDM in 2021.

1. DEVELOP THE CLIENT BRIEFING

Very rarely done effectively (from a CDM perspective) + is a missed opportunity to set the tone of the project, in relation to CDM compliance + engagement.

2. EARLY APPOINTMENT (OR AT LEAST ENGAGEMENT/CONULTATION)

The appointment of CDM advisors or PD/PD support at the earliest opportunity – we can add greater value + be better positions amongst the team. We can always undertake an initial desktop appraisal to offer initial consultation for the project – offering at least minimum compliance from the onset

3. GET APPOINTMENTS NAILED DOWN PROPERLY

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It is important that appointments + scopes are correct and agreed. To often we see a mish mash of client + principal designer duties. We promote + encourage the APS Form of Appointment, the industry benchmark.

4. ENSURE DUTYHOLDERS UNDERSTAND/APPRECIATE THEIR OBLIGATIONS

At P4 upon appointment we ensure that we deliver a strategic project briefing to ensure that all key stakeholders are fully briefed, understand their obligations + what the client expects.

5. REGARDLESS OF ROLE – AGEE THE DESIGN RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FROM DAY ONE.

  • One global hazard + risk register (set a tab up for each discipline) – reduce paper work.
  • Notes / symbols on drawings
  • ACM Strategy
  • Report on compliance

6. DON’T IGNORE THOSE MUNDANE – PAIN IN THE BACKSIDE STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS

  • SKET Assessments (formerly referred to as competence assessments) – have you done these? We can provide templates if needed.
  • Pre-construction information – eliminate + reduce generic guff – project specific information, don’t duplicate + ensure shared amongst the team for feedback (gap analysis).

7. FOR GODS SAKE – ENSURE CDM + PD IS ON THE MEETINGS AGENDA

Too often do we attend meetings – and CDM isn’t on the meeting or is stuck right at the bottom.

8. DON’T KEEP DOING THE SAME THING + EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS

  • The changes to CDM IN 2015 were a significant shift + fundamental change to the structure of the regulations – don’t keep applying the same approach as 1994 + 2007. Embrace the change.
  • We hear / see many different attitudes towards CDM obligation (statutory obligations – not an optional extra) – change within the industry is needed.

9. REDUCE UNNECESSARY MEETINGS

We accept meetings are an essential part of project delivery, particularly at pre-construction for creating collaborative working, design development…but meetings alone do not dictate CDM compliance.

At P4 we will discuss + agree (set expectations) meetings attendance from day one – requesting a slot within the meeting once initial setup satisfied.

10. BE READY – SHIFT IN HSE FOCUS + ENFORCEMENT/INTERVENTION

We are seeing a real shift in the focus of the Health + Safety Executive in that we are now seeing other duty holders, other than the PC being targeted. This is a positive for the industry but compliance levels need to improve across PD’s and clients.

11. ENGAGE + VALUE PROJECT APPOINTMENTS

CDM is not just box ticking + paperwork, though our profession has a bad reputation – CDM applied properly can offer real project value from pre-construction through until + beyond operation/occupation.

 

Words by Alan Robson, Managing Director of Project Four.

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