The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, which deal with Health and Safety requirements on construction sites, has the requirement for a project to have a CDM co-ordinator appointed who will be responsible for providing the client with advice in respect of construction health and safety risk management matters, assisting and advising the client on appointment of competent contractors and the adequacy of management arrangements; ensuring proper co-ordination of the health and safety aspects of the design process; facilitating good communication between project team members and prepare the health and safety file.
Early appointment of the CDM co-ordinator is crucial for effective planning and establishing management arrangements from the start to enable early involvement with clients and designers to make a significant contribution to reducing risk to workers during construction, and to contractors and end users who work on or in the structure after construction.
The civil and structural engineering profession, which deals with factors of safety and has to assess risk to workers and the public alike on a day-to-day basis in developing structures, forms the ideal background and gives the necessary experience for carrying out the role of CDM Co-ordinator. Originally Melliss provided the service of Planning Supervisor in accordance with, and since the inception of, CDM Regulations in 1994. The 2002 Regulations have seen the Planning Supervisor role superseded by that of the CDM co-ordinator, and Melliss are now providing this revised service to their clients.