What we offer
Principal Designer (CDM 2015), CDM Advisor and Health & Safety Services
Principal Designer (CDM 2015)
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015. They place enhanced duties on commercial and domestic clients. Their main duties include making suitable arrangements for managing a construction, refurbishment or demolition project and ensuring that a Principal Contractor and Principal Designer are appointed.
How CDM applies
CDM 2015 focuses on the planning and management throughout projects, from design concept onwards. The aim is to integrate health and safety into the management of projects and to encourage the design and construction teams to work together. This co-operation improves project planning and management from the start, targets effort where it can do most good in relation to health and safety, and reduces bureaucracy. Hazards are identified early on, so they can be eliminated or reduced at the design or planning stage and the remaining risks can be managed.
What we do as Principal Designer
The Principal Designer influences how the risks to health and safety should be managed and incorporated into the wider management of a project by liaising with the Client, Designers and Principal Contractor. Design decisions during the pre-construction phase can have a significant effect on the way health and safety is secured on a project. The Principal Designer’s role involves coordinating the work of others in the project team to ensure that significant and foreseeable risks are managed throughout the design process. During the course of a project, from the design phase to completion, the Principal Designer ensures that all of the property information is appropriate to the project by:
- Reviewing designers’ drawings and specifications to assist them in the CDM aspects of the project;
- Reviewing design risk management information to prepare the Pre-Construction Information Plan, which is then passed on to the Principal Contractor;
- Liaising with Designers to ensure that the principles of prevention are applied and health and safety is considered in their designs. We carry out this task by attending design team meetings or one-to-one meetings with a designer as well as facilitating CDM workshops for designers;
- Ensuring that Designers have provided maintenance and replacement strategies, which are then included in the Health and Safety File.
Why choose us
P A Safety Management Limited has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience, training and organisational capability to fulfil the role of Principal Designer as set out in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. We have been accredited by the Association of Project Safety (APS) as a Corporate Member. We have demonstrated by assessment our competence in terms of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 as a Principal Designer Practice. We have offices based in London and Cambridge but our services are UK-wide.
A client can appoint a CDM Advisor to advise on their duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The CDM Advisor provides assurances to the client that other dutyholders (Designer, Principal Designer and Principal Contractor) are complying with CDM 2015.
The key aim of CDM is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together. The spirit and intent of CDM is effective planning, management and monitoring as well as the reduction of paperwork throughout a project, from design concept onwards. Health and safety is an essential part of the project’s development. It's not a bolt-on or an afterthought.
Health and Safety
We know health and safety is a broad area. P A Safety Management Limited specialises in health and safety management in the built environment so our services will always be delivered by experts in the field.
Health, Safety and Welfare Policy
Employers with five or more employees require a health and safety policy in accordance with section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. We specialise in delivering health, safety and welfare policies to contractors that are specifically tailored to their business. Our policies are sensible, non-generic and appropriate to company size. We can also review and update existing policies instead of re-inventing the wheel. Our aim is not only to produce a compliant policy but also provide a living document that contractors will find easy to use when it comes to managing health and safety in their company.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require all employers and the self-employed to assess the risks to workers and any others who may be affected by their work or business. The risks must be documented and reviewed periodically or when there has been significant change to the premises.
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces and risk assessments are not only a compliance issue, they are common sense. Our risk assessments are thorough and complete but they are also user-friendly and jargon-free.
Do you own or manage property, be it commercial or residential? We specialise in property risk assessments of a building’s common parts and communal areas, which are classified by the HSE as non-domestic premises. These common areas are considered a form of workplace under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which means landlords/freeholders and managing agents have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of cleaning and maintenance staff, as well as those visiting the premises. All our property risk assessments include a clear action plan and are comprehensive but easy to understand.
Safety inspections are less formal than audits and are often carried out more frequently. We can visit construction sites to observe and report on the state of the site from a health and safety point of view. The purpose of the inspections is to ascertain if the general principles and spirit of the CDM Regulations and other health and safety legislation are being implemented. Our reports include observations, hazard identification and corrective actions and are of benefit to the management of health and safety on site.