The main aim of CDM 2015 is to encourage communication and cooperation. This is between everyone involved in the construction project.
Everyone has a part to play. From the principal contractor and designer to the construction workers, even the HSE.
Before you begin your project, the HSE requires you to give notice of the beginning of your project.
Regulation 6 sets out the duty that a client has to notify the relevant enforcing authority of certain construction projects
It is important to note that the requirements of CDM 2015 apply whether the project is notifiable.
When Is A Project Notifiable Under CDM 2015?
If your project is deemed "notifiable" you need to notify the HSE as soon as possible. You need to do this before the construction phase begins.
A project is notifiable if the construction work on a construction site will:
(a) last longer than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers
working simultaneously at any point in the project, or
(b) exceed 500-person days. Every day construction work likely to take place (including weekends and bank holidays) counts towards the period of construction work.
Who Handles Notifying the HSE?
Where a construction project must be notified, the client must submit a notice in writing to the relevant enforcing authority.
This could be the HSE, Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) or Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
In CDM 2007 this would have been handled by a CDM co-ordinator, however, this responsibility is now on the client. The Principal Designer can support you with this should it be needed.
How Do I Notify The HSE?
The process of notifying the HSE about your construction project is straightforward. You need to fill in an F10 notification form and can do this online on the below think.
The F10 Form
F10 is the reference the HSE has given to the specific form used to send this notification. The F10 form will ask you for a range of information relating to your construction project.
Schedule 1 of the CDM regulations shows the information that is required.
The F10 form requires basic information such as:
- The site’s location,
- The site’s local authority,
- A description of the project,
- Planned duration of the project,
- The number of workers required,
- And contact details for the principal contractor, designer, and client.
The F10 notification form needs to be signed, by or on behalf of the client. This is to confirm they are aware of and will meet their duties under the CDM 2015 regulations.
When the F10 form has been submitted to the HSE you need to clearly display this on the construction site.
The most up-to-date version must be legible and displayed so it can be read by any worker on site. This could be on a notice board, site entrance or site office.