The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015. The purpose of the Regulations is to improve health and safety in the construction industry by making sure that the right people are appointed at the right time to manage health and safety risks and focus on effective planning and risk management. Clients are seen as having a significant influence over how a project is run, and because of this are made accountable under the Regulations for the impact their approach has on health and safety.
The Regulations place legal duties on almost everyone involved in construction work, including Designers, Architects, Contractors and Client, and apply to all construction projects in Great Britain. The Client’s duties include ensuring the other duty holders as defined by the regulations are appointed, that sufficient time and resources are allocated, that relevant information relating to health and safety is prepared and made available, and that welfare facilities are provided. The Client must also ensure that two of the duty holders, the Principal Contractor and Principal Designer, carry out their duties.
At MGPM we can take on the role of Principal Designer for the project alongside our project management role. MGPM is a corporate member of the Association of Project Safety (APS) and all our technical staff are trained to undertake the Principal Designer role.