1. What happens if I don't comply with my duties?

It is more likely that there will be a dangerous or fatal incident while your construction work is carried out if you do not ensure that CDM 2007 is followed. In addition, your finished structure may not be safe to use, safe to maintain and not deliver you good value for money. If you don't appoint a CDM co-ordinator or principal contractor on a notifiable project, it will mean that you are legally liable if the things that they should have done are not actually done.

Serious breaches of health and safety legislation on your construction project could result in you being prosecuted.

2. Can I appoint myself to carry out other duties?

Yes, you can appoint yourself as a CDM co-ordinator and/or principal contractor, provided you have the necessary competence and resources to comply with the additional CDM 2007 duties .

3. Do I have to supervise work on site?

No, as a client, CDM 2007 only requires you to check that management arrangements are being followed. This does not mean going onto the construction site. For simple, low risk projects, this could include:

  • checking there is adequate protection for the public and, where necessary, your own workforce;
  • asking for confirmation that adequate welfare is provided;
  • asking your construction team to explain their arrangements for managing work on site.

4. How can I find out more?

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