What are my CDM responsibilities?

As the client, you have an important role to play when it comes to the way a project is managed. You have contractual control over appointing designers and contractors as well as money, time and other resources. Furthermore, CDM regulations make you accountable for the impact of your decisions when it comes to construction health and safety and project welfare.

Understandably, the average client isn’t an expert on the construction process and health and safety. That being said, they will be required to make suitable arrangements for managing the project.


Here are the necessary steps you’ll have to take and set out in your client’s brief when organising your commercial refurbishment:

  1. Assemble the project team, appoint a principal designer and a principal contractor.
  2. Confirm the roles, functions and responsibilities of the project team are clear.
  3. Ensure that sufficient resources and time are allocated for each stage of the project.
  4. Make sure effective communication mechanisms are in place for the project team to communicate and cooperate.
  5. Take reasonable steps to ensure that the principal designer and principal contractor comply with their separate duties, such as regular progress meetings and or regular written updates.
  6. Set out that the health and safety performance of designers and contractors is maintained throughout the contract.
  7. Provision of suitable welfare facilities for the duration of the contract.


If you need help making these arrangements, the principal designer should be able to offer professional advice concerning your project. Alternatively, be sure to check out HSE for more guidance and specialist help with regards to construction health and safety.

If you still have questions about carrying out a commercial fit out, get in touch with ASF Commercial for further information. ASF are the fit out people, offering advice and expert service for when it comes to carrying out your own commercial refurbishment.


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