Roles and Duties under CDM 2015

Under the construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 everyone involved in a construction project will have roles and responsibilities. These roles and responsibilities are outlined below.


This Is anyone who has construction work carried out for them, under CDM 2015 there are two types of client.

Domestic Client – have work carried out for them on their home or the home of a family member but is not associated with a business, CDM 2015 does not require domestic clients to carry out and client duties as this is usually passed onto other roles i.e Principal designers.

Commercial clients – have work carried out as part of their business, This can be an individual or company and includes property developers and companies that manage domestic projects. This client group has responsibilities under CDM Regulations 2015.

Designers – are individuals or company who as part of a business prepare or change designs for a building associated with construction. When they prepare or change the plans they look at eliminating, reducing or controlling the risks that could arise during any work that is to be competed.

They look at the construction stage and the maintenance of a building once it is built.  Designers provide vital information to other members of the team to help them carry out their duties/responsibilities.

Principal Designers –  these are required where there are more than one contractor working on the construction project. They usually work on behalf of the client. Their role is to manage and monitor the health and safety in the pre construction phase of the project.

They cover: Identifying, eliminating or controlling any potential risks and they ensure that designers carry out their duty.

Principal Contractors –  these are contractors appointed by the client to manage the construction phase of the project when it involves more than one contractor.

They cover: Manage and monitor the health and safety in the construction phase of the project, they liaise with the client and the principal designer, they prepare the construction phase plan.

Contractor –  This is someone or a company that is in charge of carrying out the construction work, The building, altering, maintaining or demolishing of a property.

They plan, manage, monitor any work carried out to ensure the health and safety requirements are met. Contractors work under the Principal contractor on projects where there are more than one contractor.

Worker – This is someone who carries out the work on a construction project, i.e. scaffolder’s, plumbers, electricians, labourers. Workers will communicate with their employers and other duty holders under CDM 2015, they are responsible for reporting anything that could compromise the health and safety of themselves or others.

Communication is key when working in construction, this helps to keep Health and safety in the fore front and therefore helps to minimize risks and accidents.

For advise on CDM 2015 please contact us, we are here to help you with all of your Health and safety requirements.

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