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Client Information

DEFINITION: “client” means any person for whom a project is carried out.

COMMERCIAL CLIENT DUTIES IN RELATION TO MANAGING PROJECTS:

A client must make suitable arrangements for managing a project, including the allocation of sufficient time and other resources.

Arrangements are suitable if they ensure that:

  • The construction work can be carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable, without risks to the health or safety of any person affected by the project
  • The facilities required by Schedule 2 of the CDM Regulations 2015 are provided in respect of any person carrying out construction work

A client must ensure that these arrangements are maintained and reviewed throughout the project.

A client must provide pre-construction information as soon as is practicable to every designer and contractor appointed, or being considered for appointment, to the project.

A client must ensure that:

  • before the construction phase begins, a construction phase plan is drawn up by the contractor if there is only one contractor, or by the principal contractor
  • the principal designer prepares a health and safety file for the project

A client must take reasonable steps to ensure that:

  • the principal designer complies with any other principal designer duties
  • the principal contractor complies with any other principal contractor duties

Where a project is notifiable, the client must give notice in writing to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as soon as is practicable before the construction phase begins.

NOTE: FOR DOMESTIC CLIENTS, THESE DUTIES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR / CONTRACTOR OR IF THERE IS A WRITTEN AGREEMENT, THE PRINCIPAL DESIGNER.