The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) what a mine field!

The regulations discuss several roles which need to be filled in order to a construction project to be compliant:

– Commercial / Domestic clients

– Principal Designers & Designers

– Principal Contractors and Contractors

– Workers

Principal Contractors’ responsibilities are to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the construction phase of a project. This includes:

  • Co-ordinating the team that is on site
  • Communicating with the other roles such as the Principal Designer and the Client
  • Preparing the Construction Phase Plan
  • Ensuring all suitable site inductions are provided
  • Ensuring the site is safe and secure to avoid unauthorised access
  • Ensuring the general health and safety of all site attendees such as workers and visitors
  • Ensuring adequate welfare facilities are provided


This role can take other titles and you may be more familiar with this role being referred to as a Site Manager.

To become a site manager many have climbed the ranks, starting years before as an apprentice, and their experience and hard work in their field has led them to this role. But with this in mind how can they prove their competency to take on the ‘Principal Contractor’ role?

This is exactly the problem one of our clients has experienced recently.

After a visit from the HSE, an improvement notice was issued for not having competent managers on site. The Managers had considerable experience in construction, with some individuals having worked in the sector for more than forty years, however none of them had any qualifications in site management.

The HSE informed the Company that they were required to put their managers on a suitable site management training course such as CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) to ensure they had proof of competency.

The SMSTS course covers all relevant legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture within the workforce.

This course would provide proof of competency, ensure knowledge is brought up to date, and familiarise site managers with the legislation they are required to abide by, including the CDM Regulations.

If you would like to discuss your current Site Management provisions, or would like any further assistance in ensuring your site are compliant, please feel free to get in touch, and one of our experienced consultants can support you.