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On 6 April 2015the CDM Regulations changed and CDM Coordinators ceased to exist in the construction industry.

The original CDM 2007 Regulations have now been superseded and require the Client to appoint a Principal Designer under CDM 2015.

The key aim of the regulations is to integrate health and safety into the management of all projects.  The  CDM 2015 Regulations places legal duties on virtually everyone involved in the construction industry.

The main change for 2015 is that both domestic and commercial projects are now required to be incorporated into health and safety and it is the requirement of the Client to appoint a competent Lead Designer at an early stage.

It is the role of the Principal Designer appointed by the Client to compile pre-health and safety documentation for forwarding either to the Main Contractor or Client at the appropriate time.

The Principal Designers role:-

The Principal Designer's role is to plan, manage and monitor the coordination of the pre-construction phase including any preparatory work carried out for the project.  The Designer must first ensure that the Client is aware of their duties and

" Assist the Client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information.

" Provide the pre-construction information to all Designers and Principal Coordinator and Contractors.

" Ensure that Designers comply with their duties.

" Liaise with the Principal Contractor for the duration of the appointment.

" Prepare the Health & Safety File.