A Principal Contractor under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 is the Contractor with control over the construction phase of a project involving more than one Contractor.
The Principal Contractor is an organisation appointed in writing by the client (commercial or domestic) to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety during the construction phase of a project. This means working in close co-operation with the Client and the Principal Designer to ensure construction is carried out in a way that avoids harm to persons, property and reputation.
The role of the Principal Contractor involves:
Where a client is a domestic client, the Principal Contractor must also carry out the duties of the client under the regulations, unless there is only one contractor (in which case the contractor must carry out their duties), or there is a written agreement that the Principal Designer will fulfil those duties.
The Principal Contractor should be appointed by the client as early in the project as possible and before the construction phase begins. Planning is an essential part of managing a construction site and should start as early as possible to identify health and safety risks, control measures and resources needed to reduce or eliminate them. This approach should take place for all phases of the construction work. The Principal Contractor will also need to think about how they will monitor site health and safety standards and control measures so that they remain effective.
The Principal Contractor should be appointed as early as possible so that they can:
The effort devoted to planning should be proportionate to the complexity of the project and the level of risks involved.
Yes, as the Principal Contractor for a project, you may not have the time, resourcing or competence to fully understand and comply with your duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
In such cases, it may be appropriate to appoint a CDM Advisor for your project. Safe Track Associates Limited can assist you with this role and have successfully undertaken a varied range of appointments as CDM Advisor. As CDM advisor, we would then ensure you stay compliant and undertake vital duties on your behalf with relation to paperwork and monitoring the arrangements throughout the project. Please see our CDM Advisor page for more details or call us on 0117 908 3860 to discuss how we can assist you with your project.