CDM 2015 – Resources available on the MPW R&R web site

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A collection of downloads comparing CDM 2007 and CDM 2015 along with a summary of the changes and published discussions on key issues duties

This article contains a collection downloads comparing CDM 2007 and CDM 2015 prepared by Dr Mike Webster, along with published discussions on key issues relating to the CDM 2015 Regulations.  It will provide insight into and training on the use of these regulations.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) are the primary regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of all construction projects in Great Britain. CDM 2007 has been replaced, and CDM 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015.

Summary of the Changes

A brief summary of eight key changes to the CDM 2015 Regulations from CDM 2007 and what those changes mean in practice is provided in this post.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since CDM 2015 came into force, a range of organisations (including HSE, solicitors and professional institutions) has published discussions on key issues and answers to frequently asked questions.  For ease of reference, I have collated these sources and provided links to them in this post.

Detailed clause-by-clause comparisons of CDM 2015 and CDM 2007

Detailed clause-by-clause comparisons of the changes between the CDM 2015 Regulations and CDM 2007 are available on the MPW R&R web site for:

Principal Designer Duties

Since CDM 2015 came into force, the Principal Designer duties have generated a lot of discussion and questions as organisations try to work out how to fulfill the role.

A range of organisations (including HSE and solicitors) has published discussions on key issues relating to the Principal Designer duties. For ease of reference, I have collated these sources and provided links to them in this post.

Understanding CDM 2015 Designer Duties

I gave a 25-minute presentation at the Institution of Structural Engineers Small Practitioners Conference on 26 June 2018. It focused on understanding the CDM 2015 Designer Duties as they relate to civil and structural engineers.

If you would like to watch the IStructE video of my presentation and / or download the accompanying slides, they are available in this post.

CDM 2015 Designer Duties – Designing for maintenance

CDM 2015 Regulation 9 requires designers to eliminate or reduce risks to those involved in maintenance so far as reasonably practical or, if that isn’t possible, to provide information on significant residual risks.

Designers may not be aware of the guidance available to help them.  To address that, this article provides an overview of the issues and highlights the guidance available to civil and structural engineers on contemporary industry practice.

What designers can do to minimise the risks of deterioration

This article discusses the impact of deterioration on the safety of concrete structures. This is illustrated by examples where deterioration has led concrete structures to collapse. The article suggests steps that designers can take to minimise the risks of deterioration to safety and discharge their duties under the CDM 2015 Regulations.


About the author:

Dr Mike Webster is a chartered civil and structural engineer with over 30 years’ experience.  He specialises in construction and structural safety, CDM and risk, and founded MPW R&R to provide Consulting, Forensic and Expert Witness services in those areas.

Mike has worked on the design, inspection, appraisal and site supervision of building, bridge and car park structures.  He has developed guidance for assessing the safety of existing structures.  Mike led an independent review of CDM 1994 and the independent evaluation of CDM 2007.  He also led the review of the use of CDM 2007 in the construction of London 2012.

Mike has been instructed as an expert witness by both defence and prosecution teams in cases involving allegations of gross negligence manslaughter, breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the CDM Regulations and the appeal of enforcement notices.  These cases have involved the construction, maintenance and demolition of a range of building, bridge and industrial structures.

Mike is the author of around 20 published reports and papers on construction health and safety and the CDM Regulations.  He is also the author of a range of articles on CDM 2015.   He is a member of Structural-Safety and the Institution of Structural Engineers Health and Safety Panel.

For more information email Mike at mike.webster@mpwrandr.co.uk or give him a call on 07969 957471.


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