Construction Design Management (CDM)
New CDM Regulations (April 2015)
CDM regulations changed in April 2015 placing more repsonsibility on the
Client. In many case the school is the client. The client must be named and must appoint a
Principle Designer and Principal Contractor if there is more than one contractor. The Client has a number of legal duties that they must perform. All construction work must have a written
Construction Phase Safety Plan. There is a free app to create plans for smaller schemes on the
Construction Industry Training Board
Overall accountability for health and safety lies with the employer of the members of staff in the school. However day-to-day running of the school including responsibility for the health and safety of staff and pupils is delegated to the head teacher and
school management team.
Who the employer is will vary according to the type of school. This can be a local authority, board of governors, an academy trust, a charity, company or partnership.
Head teachers and the school management team, in consultations with governors, have considerable autonomy in the day-to-day running of their schools.
It is important that head teachers exercise this autonomy in line with their employer’s policies, procedures and
standards. In many cases this will be the local authority.
In some schools the business manager, business leader or bursar takes the lead for health and safety on site. They often provide the focal point for the school's health and safety management arrangements. Their school wide roles may include:
- management and monitoring of purchasing and contracting
- procedures to ensure risks are effectively managed
- advising contractors of site specific risks and overseeing their activities
- ensuring staff and visitors are aware of the on-site procedures
and the precautions to follow
- accident and incident reporting
- implementation, monitoring and review of training procedures
- preparation of reports and returns for the school leadership team
N.B. The HSE has the power to prosecute any individual or organisation involved in any
safety related incident. They will look to prosecute individuals if they have behaved
Advice and Support
School Building Notification
- All schools who use Council land or buildings need to
notify the Council before any building works/building alterations are undertaken
on their campus.
- At the point of notification you will receive free guidance and support to help ensure your project is planned and managed safely.
- The Council plans to create a short online training course to take you through the new CDM regulations. This will help to ensure that you personally and your school are protected from prosecution and fines.
- Education Client Services offers free workshops to help school staff and governors
plan and manage construction projects. This aims to help you understand the construction process, avoid prosecution & fines, avoid unecessary risks and avoid wasting money.
- Occupational Health also provide training and
In order to support schools the Council has created guidance documents and checklists to help plan and manage construction safely.
Andy Grant (CDM Advisor) tel: 01274 431721 or email:
Adam Varley (Occupational Health) tel: 01274 431007 or email:
has more detailed guiance and advice.
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