Look and learn
How good are your healthchecks? Please copy and keep the following checklist* of actions regarding your duties as 'Designer' [duty-holder] under the CDM Regulations.Use copies for regular internal appraisal:
1 Does your organisation have written specific policy arrangements for CDM? Do you implement the latest CDM ACoP?
2Have the key CDM duty holders been subject to a suitable training programme? What courses have they attended and when?
3 Is there a mechanism to keep the organisation up to date on changes to the CDM Codes of Practice, Health & Safety Regulations and Best Practice in risk management?
4 Is there a recognised management system in the organisation for complying with the CDM Regulations? When was it last reviewed?
5 Do project programming and other issues affect the time you can allocate to CDM?
6Do you feel confident about your CDM role and able to formulate a credible defence if legally challenged? If action was taken by the enforcement authority who would be prosecuted in your organisation - you or your organisation? Why?
7 At the start of a project, are the CDM regulations/Health & Safety issues high priority and part of the feasibility considerations?
8 Do you take reasonable steps to ensure that all your clients are informed of their duties under CDM Regulations? How is this recorded?
9 Do you prepare designs with adequate regard to Health & Safety? What best practice do you use?
10Can you demonstrate that Health & Safety issues are considered and recorded when design modifications take place (design variations, architect's instructions, etc) 11Is adequate and relevant information passed on with, or in, the design? Give examples. How is it communicated?
12 Do you pass information to the planning Supervisor for inclusion in the Health & Safety File?
13When preparing a design, is Health & Safety given equal consideration (to cost, buildability, aesthetics, environmental impact, etc)?
14Do you have, and use on all projects, a checklist of hazards to consider during design? Do you know of CIRIA 166?
15Does each design demonstrate consideration on how the structure will be cleaned and maintained on completion? Where is this information held?
16Has a Planning Supervisor ever challenged your design? If so how have you taken this on board?
17 Do you feel that there is effective coordination and cooperation between project designers?
*The above checklist has been adapted from Total CDM Solutions.
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