CDM Regulations 2015 – Are You Protected?Beat The Cowboy Builder
CDM Regulations 2015 – What they mean to Service Providers.
You may or may not be aware of the fact that you in offering your skill or service to a customer are automatically classed as a Service Provider.
The fact that the customer is paying you for your service defines you in this category.
There are certain rules and regulations that you have to legally have in place to ensure you are operating within the law. They are:
The Service Providers Regulations: and the CDM Regulations 2015: [Prior to April 2015 Domestic projects were not covered by the CDM Regulations, this has now changed, these regulations are now applicable]
You are legally obliged to provide the customer with certain documents prior to any works starting.
This is a mandatory requirement set out in law and you must comply with these rules and regulations.
Mandatory means it is a must do, it is not optional and it cannot be avoided. It’s the law and as a trade and you must implement it.
This is the legal position you are in, there are no exceptions to these regulations you must conform to them.
Beat the Cowboy Builder have looked in detail at the CDM Regulations 2015 and we have had feedback from trades that you may need guidance to implement them correctly.
Being perfectly honest, these regulations are not as easy to find as they should be so we have rolled them up into a package to make life easier for those who have to use them on a daily basis.
For the first time all construction work including domestic projects are now covered by the CDM Regulations.
A typical example would be “Risk Assessments”. For those that are not familiar with this document it is a document that identifies the risks on any construction site at any given time. In this document one has to identify the risk and what you have done to control that risk or mitigate it. Any hazard is a risk that must be controlled.
As sites progress so the risks change, this has to be shown on this document on a daily basis.
A hard copy of this Risk Assessment must be available on site at all times so that the work force, visitors to the site, the client you are working for is aware of this risk. It has to be a hard copy that they can be given to read.
This Risk Assessment has to be updated as soon as anything changes. Even if nothing changes the assessment must be updated on a daily basis.
Failure to comply with this regulation could lead to a criminal charge being made against you.
What we aim to do in our next blog is explain exactly how we operate and the benefits that you can obtain by being a member of our company. We are at this time recruiting service providers to operate with us, we have a limited number in any one area so we don’t flood areas with service providers and diminish your value to customers.
It’s in your interests to read the next blog.