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What is CDM and how does it apply to our trade?


Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, also known as CDM regulations, came in to force on 6 April 2015 and are regulations governing the way construction projects of all sizes and types are planned in the UK. They are the main regulations for managing health, safety and welfare on all construction projects. The main roles are Client, Designers, Main Contractor. CDM applies to every construction project. If you work in or become involved in construction, you will likely hear the term CDM.


Contractors can be defined as an organisation or individual who directly employs or engages construction workers or as part of their business carries out, manages or controls construction work. (e.g. building, altering, maintaining or demolishing). Contractors include sub-contractors, any individual, sole trader or self-employed worker.

Contractors and individuals they manage or employees on construction sites are at the most risk of injury and ill health from construction work. They therefore have a pivotal role in planning, managing and monitoring their work to ensure any risks are controlled.

It is the contractor’s responsibility to make sure the client is aware of the client duties under CDM before work starts on site. Also to check all workers they employ or appoint have the skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out the work, or are in the process of obtaining them. As working on sites, this would apply to BA Systems as a subcontractor,  we work under the Contractor or Principle Contractor.


Whatever your role in construction, CDM 2015 aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping to:

  • sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
  • have the right people for the right job at the right time
  • cooperate and coordinate your work with others
  • have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
  • communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
  • consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed

Different rules apply to the smaller Domestic Projects, with responsibility falling mainly on the Contractor or Principle Contractor who takes on the clients duties.

It is important that when coordinating sites, particularly with installers working on the external facade of the building where they are exposed to danger that the appropriate supervision is provided including information and instructions to workers under their control. For further information, HSE has published Legal Series guidance that supports CDM 2015 and explains it in more detail.


BA Systems provides a full and comprehensive design, manufacture and install service of our balustrade and handrail products and systems.

Find out more about us on this link here or contact one our technical consultants for no-obligation advice on how to correctly specify  balustrade systems for a wide variety of sectors and applications.

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