Project benefits of CDM

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The aim of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) is to make health and safety an essential part of delivering successful path construction projects. The CDM prioritises the safety of everyone working on the construction site where the path is being built, and to those who will be maintaining or using the path once finished.

If you are going to be involved in a path construction project for the first time, are not familiar with CDM, or see them as an obstacle to overcome. Don’t be put-off, CDM can provide your project with a number of key benefits, even beyond health and safety improvements.

Improved planning and management

Improved planning and management of a path construction project can help to ensure that health and safety risks are removed or reduced and controlled.  But also, good planning and management will benefit your project, helping to make sure it is completed on time and budget, and to the required good practice.

Safer and healthier sites

The key purpose of CDM is to remove if possible or reduce the risk of accidents and ill health.  The fundamental benefit for those that fully comply with CDM will be a safer and healthier site and reduced risk of accidents and ill health.

Reduced costs

At first it may seem that CDM increase costs. Yes, there will be additional costs that you need to budget for and find the funds.  However, as CDM requires members in the project team to work together, and focus on better design, planning and management - unexpected problems, changes, and accidents during the construction phase should be reduced - last minute changes, problems and accidents can be costly for a project.

Reduced delays

CDM requires much more consideration to be given to good designing and planning at the earlier stages in a project.  Therefore, the consequences of decisions, and the implications of the work should be finalised before pathwork commences on site.  This allows time for properly programming  the work in ahead of time reducing the risk of delays during the construction phase.

Safe to use

Safety on site when a new bridge is installed is important, but it is also important that the structure is safe to use once complete.  Those slippery boards on the bridge should be a thing of the past, as the bridge design should remove the slipping hazard if possible or reduce the remaining risk to users to reasonably acceptable level.

Look to the future

Paths and their related structures change over time through wear and the weather.  Maintenance will be needed to meet those changes.  CDM requires the safety of those carrying out any major repair, replacement, improvement, upgrading or demolition/ dismantling work in the future to be considered.  The health and safety file (if one is available) contains important health and safety information for future works - sound knowledge of remaining or unobvious safety and health risks makes planning future works much easier.

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