Managing compliance with the CDM Regulations across more than forty notifiable project sites has presented challenges for Crossrail. Under the previous (2007) Regulations, CDM Co-ordinators were required to provide advice in respect of construction health and safety risk management matters as well as ensuring compliance of the design and the designers. Rather than having a large CDM-C team, Crossrail achieved compliance by delegating core CDM-C responsibilities through the senior client management team. The process was strictly controlled with a series of ‘control points’ needing to be signed off by senior managers before construction could commence. The process was co-ordinated by a CDM Integrator who was responsible for providing support and training as well as carrying out regular checks to ensure that all sites were compliant. This arrangement has proved to be successful and has enabled Crossrail to provide assurance that all requirements are being met.
Since the introduction of CDM 2015, the CDM-C role has been replaced by the Principal Designer; Crossrail has assumed this responsibility. The basic arrangements for CDM compliance management have however, remained unchanged although additional checks are carried out. Ongoing CDM assurance activities (including a monthly return form all sites) have continued to provide Crossrail with confidence that they are designing for safety, work is being carried out safely and remains compliant with CDM 2015.
More information on Health & Safety assurance can be found in Crossrail’s Learning Legacy website.