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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Principal Designer's Handbook: Guide to the CDM Regulations 2015 isbn 9781859466926

Principal Designer's Handbook: Guide to the CDM Regulations 2015

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ISBN13: 9781859466049
New Edition ISBN: 9781859466926
Publisher: RIBA Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Publication Abandoned

The Association for Project Safety (APS) is the leading membership body for design and construction health and safety risk management. Its aims are to improve and promote the professional practice of design and construction health and safety risk management. They work to set standards and provide guidance, education and training.

The new CDM regulations came into force on 6th April 2015 changing the face of pre-construction health and safety management on construction projects, large and small. This handbook provides a comprehensive road map to undertaking the new Principal Designer role that aims to bring pre-construction health and safety risk management into the hands of architects and other designers. Offering authoritative and straightforward guidance to carrying out these tasks, it also uses case studies and checklists to demonstrate how this can be done quickly and efficiently. It is broken into three key parts:

  • Introduction to the new CDM regulations 2015 including key changes and rationale, definition of role holders’ responsibilities and the impact of these changes on architects and the wider industry
  • The Principal Designer’s responsibilities including regulations and their meaning, the duties involved and how to carry them out including how to solve common problems
  • A broad overview of CDM management as a whole including the responsibilities of other duty holders, using CDM Advisers and additional services that clients may request over and above the Principal Designer duties.
This book is designed for anyone taking on the Principal Designer role or acting as a CDM Adviser sub-consultant to the Principal Designer. It will also be invaluable for CDM Advisers supporting and advising clients and contractors.

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Part 1: Introduction to the new CDM regulations 2015
1. Introduction to this book
2. Principal Changes to CDM
3. What these changes mean for every stakeholder

Part 2: The Principal Designer role
4. Being satisfied that the client is aware of their client duties
5. The duty to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the pre-construction phase of the project.
6. Providing information or instruction as soon as is practicable
7. Preparation and provision of pre-construction information.
8. Assisting the client
9. Cooperation
10. Design risk management
11. Ensuring designers comply with their duties
12. Liaison with the principal contractor
13. The Health and Safety File

Part 3: Other CDM management tasks
14. Advising and assisting the client with management arrangements
15. Checking Project Team members' health and safety capabilities
16. Checking the Construction Phase Plan
17. Construction site H&S audits and monitoring
18. Delivery of the Health and Safety File to the client