CDM Consultancy Services – in line with the requirements of CDM 2015

At Emerald Health & Safety Services Ltd our specialist consultancy services can demonstrate excellent Construction and Design Risk-Management skills, both through extensive project experience since 1999 and our memberships with professional bodies such as The Association for Project Safety (Certified Member) and The Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH).

We are committed to establish working relationships with our clients and project partners to deliver projects safely, and at all times considering the safety and well-being of all parties involved in the entire life-cycle of buildings. We strive to influence the often-portrayed negative image of health and safety compliance through our expert and proportionate advice, training and development.


CDM 2015:
What commercial clients need to do

CDM 15:
CITB Principal Designer guidance document

Principal Designer Advisor (PD-A) – a support role to others whom shall be appointed as the PD, (i.e. architects, engineers, Project Managers, etc)

Client CDM Advisor – A retained client advisor role on CDM projects (often delivered to supplement the PD function to ensure client-duties under CDM15 are met)

Construction and Workplace H&S Advisory Services

A site health and safety audit (often undertaken when engaged as CDM PD or Client retained CDM Advisors), is a thorough audit of a contractors health and safety management of a project. Our audit is undertaken electronically using bespoke i-Auditor software reporting marked against 20 subject matters for compliance / non-compliance, with photo evidence and remedial actions prioritised. The report is issued promptly to the Client and project team.  Site Audit Close-Out forms are issued after the audit where issues need to be actioned.

Health and Safety Inspections are a less detailed review of site procedures resulting in a short report back to Client and project teams.

A general workplace health and safety audit can ensure compliance with current health and safety and workplace legislation. This is an in-depth examination of your organisation’s safety management systems, and it can cover either the whole system or particular aspects, such as risk assessment procedures, emergency planning, safe systems of work, staff training, issue and control of personal protective equipment (PPE), etc.

The Health and Safety Audit provides the organisation with a clear picture of their performance in terms of health and safety management. This to improve management systems to ensure foreseeable incidents/accidents do not occur. A full audit will highlight all positive and negative aspects of health and safety within a workplace environment.

Health and Safety Inspections are a less formal method of investigating the health and safety performance of an organisation though still go a long way to finding any areas for improvement.

After visiting your place of work, or as part of your ongoing construction project, we can assist you in the preparation (or review of) Risk Assessments and Method Statement documentation (often abbreviated to RAMS). Tailored towards your specific needs these documents shall assist you to identify the control measures necessary to manage your duties under Health & Safety Legislation.

Under CDM 2015, where ‘construction’ works are taking place:

(a) the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance (including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure, or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), decommissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure;

(b) the preparation for an intended structure, including site clearance, exploration, investigation (but not site survey) and excavation (but not pre-construction archaeological investigations), and the clearance or preparation of the site or structure for use or occupation at its conclusion;

(c) the assembly on site of prefabricated elements to form a structure or the disassembly on site of the prefabricated elements which, immediately before such disassembly, formed a structure;

(d) the removal of a structure, or of any product or waste resulting from demolition or dismantling of a structure, or from disassembly of prefabricated elements which immediately before such disassembly formed such a structure;

(e) the installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic,             telecommunications, computer or similar services which are normally fixed within or to a structure but does not include the exploration for, or extraction of, mineral resources, or preparatory activities carried out at a place where such  exploration or extraction is carried out;

the contractor is required to prepare a set of documents to manage and monitor to the construction work – a Construction Phase Plan.  We at Emerald Health & Safety Services can assist you in the collation and presentation of this information to the CDM Client, to a Principal Designer, or other interested parties, all to comply with current legislation, including CDM 2015.

Under CDM 2015, where ‘construction’ works are notifiable, i.e. anticipated to last longer than 30 working days, (or 500-person days) and having 20 persons consecutively employed on the project, a project notification is required to the Health & Safety Executive, (F10 form particulars).  Undertaken normally as part of the CDM Client Advisor services, Emerald Health & Safety Services are able to obtain the key information for the F10 and lodge this with the Executive, liaising as may be necessary and updating the Form as required throughout the life of the construction project.

Under CDM 2015 (Regulation 8), there is a client duty to “ensure that prior to the appointment of any designer (including the Principal Designer) and contractor (including a Principal Contractor), are able to demonstrate they have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and, if they are an organisation, the organisational capability, necessary to fulfil the role that they are appointed to undertake, in a manner that secures the health and safety of any person affected by the project”.

Undertaken normally as part of the CDM Client Advisor services, Emerald Health & Safety Services are able to support the client with tender stage capability and resource assessments (commonly referred as Pre-Qualification H&S Assessments).

Corporate training packages can be delivered by Emerald Health & Safety Services on key industry and H&S legislation, such as CDM 2015, Asbestos Awareness, Surveying Safely, etc.

Employers are required under Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to have a statement of their health and safety policy and, written arrangements for health and safety, where they employ five persons or more.

Whether you need a new Policy prepared, or a review of your existing policy, we will be able to assist you to prepare this document for your organisation. This policy will help demonstrate legal compliance whilst also demonstrating that you have a management system for health and safety for your business.