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The CDM Coordinator


The CDM coordinator is a new role introduced by CDM 2007. The role of the CDM coordinator is to provide the client with a key project advisor in respect of construction health and safety risk management matters.

The CDM coordinator should assist and advise the client on the appointment of competent contractors and the adequacy of management arrangements; ensure proper coordination of the health and safety aspects of the design process; facilitate good communication and cooperation between project team members and prepare the health and safety file.

Through early involvement with clients and designers, a CDM coordinator can make a significant contribution to reducing risks to workers during construction, and to end users who work in or on the structure after construction.

The CDM coordinator can be an individual or a company. They may be appointed to the role independently or may combine the role with another, such as project manager, designer or principal contractor. However where the role is combined it is essential that the CDM coordinator has sufficient independence carry out the task effectively.

Where an organisation takes on the role as the CDM coordinator they will often appoint an employee to manage the task, for convenience that individual is called the CDM coordinator. However the company retains the responsibility for the way in which the role is carried out and that their employee is sufficiently experienced to undertake the role.

For most simple projects an individual should be able to provide the support that the client needs, larger more complex projects may require a team approach. Where this becomes necessary it is important that all the requirements on the CDM coordinator are fulfilled.

There is no course of training which will make you a ‘qualified’ CDM coordinator. Training may create an awareness of what is required of the role but to carry out the role effectively requires professional knowledge and practical experience, the ability to put this into practice and a willingness to up-date that knowledge by, for example, CPD.

In assessing whether a company or an individual has the competence for the role the judgement should be made against the requirement for your particular project.

JCT suite of contracts revisions: 2016 editions to replace the 2011 editions

24/01/17 11:06:09
2016 saw many revisions in the contracting world, most noticeably was the JCT suite of contracts which had 2016 editions to replace the 2011 editions. The new editions feature:
- Fair Payment, transparency and BIM
- CDM Regulations 2015
- Public Contracts Regulations 2015,
- Fair Payment principles, simplification and consolidation of payment provisions
- Easier third party arrangements including performance bond
- Insurance of Existing Structures cover for Contractors, Further changes to improve
- Named Specialists

2016 also saw the issue of the THE SOCIETY OF CONSTRUCTION LAW DELAY AND DISRUPTION PROTOCOL 2nd Edition, all be it as a consultation draft.

The 2nd Edition of the Pre Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes was also launched in 2016. It is similar in many ways to its predecessor, with the main change being the new edition introduces a Protocol Referee Procedure where by TeCSA appoint a referee who provides a binding Decision.

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