CDM 2015 for Principal Contractor
At Lighthouse, our Health and Safety consultants have the required competencies and experience to help Principal Contractors in the development of their on-site management systems, along with enforcing and monitoring them throughout the duration of a construction project.
Detailed below are the various areas in which we can assist to ensure your project runs in accordance with the requirements of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
Construction Phase Plan
Your Lighthouse consultant will work with you to develop a suitable and sufficient CDM 2015 Construction Phase Plan, bespoke to your project.
Your construction phase plan should cover a raft of arrangements including but not always limited to:
- The management structure
- Monitoring and review
- Liaison and communication
- Workforce consultation
- Design information and handling design changes
- Selection and control of contractors including management of risk assessment method statements and review of competencies
- Site security and access
- Site inductions and training
- Welfare facilities
- First Aid
- Fire and evacuation
- Traffic management
- Site rules and supervision
Once developed, the Construction Phase Plan should be continually reviewed to ensure it remains suitable and sufficient as the site develops.
Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS)
It may be the case that you are not solely acting in a management role as the Principal Contractor, and you may have site operatives of your own undertaking parts of the works – either PAYE staff or agency workers.
Under the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, you have a duty to risk assess for processes undertaken whilst in your employment and so a RAMS document should be produced for any works you are directly involved in.
Your Lighthouse Health & Safety consultant will assist in the development of your RAMS, pertinent to the activities you will undertake on site.
Management of Sub-Contract Trades
Under CDM 2015, the Principal Contractor has a strict duty to manage sub-contract trades whilst operational on their sites.
This includes ensuring that they are qualified, competent and compliant with UK Health & Safety legislation, whilst also monitoring their activities on site.
Lighthouse’ Health & Safety consultants are well versed in assisting Principal Contractors in fulfilling these duties by conducting the following activities:
- Setting up sub-contractor matrixes for monitoring insurance details and SSIP accreditation schemes
- Reviewing sub-contractor RAMS and competency submissions
- Undertaking Health & Safety audits of on-site activities as projects develop
- Delivering Principal Contractor Toolbox Talks re-enforcing site rules
Ongoing Advice and Support
In addition to the proactive support that Lighthouse’ Health & Safety consultants provide to CDM 2015 projects, we can also be retained by our Principal Contractor customers for ongoing reactive advice and support to situations that require it.
Examples of our involvement on a reactive basis can include:
- Advising on RIDDOR including undertaking investigations
- Liaising with the HSE should they attend site for any reason
- Updating site specific documentation should amendments be made to the scheme of works
Development of Operational and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals
Should you be required to produce the O&M manual for your project, Lighthouse have the capacity and skillset to undertake this on your behalf.
We will liaise with your sub-contractors and suppliers to collate the relevant information, producing a detailed e-manual covering all elements.
To discuss how you could benefit from the Principal Contractor CDM 2015 Lighthouse Health and Safety consultants provide, fill in the consultation request form at the top of this page or call us on 0845 459 1724.