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Note: The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/51 came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320. See Practice Notes: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and CDM Regulations 2015—what's changed? [Archived].
It is the client who will take a central role throughout a construction project. The client will normally be responsible for allocating budgets, setting timetables and exerting considerable influence over contractors and the other participants in the project. These factors are integral to the proper control of risk on site.
The term ‘client’ is synonymous with ‘Employer’ as used in other Practice Notes in this context. ‘Client’ is used here to facilitate reference to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320, (the Regulations).
The client’s central role in risk management is recognised by the Regulations and reflected in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP). The ACoP has been approved by the Health and Safety Commission and its aim is to provide practical guidance on how to comply with the law. Conformance with the ACoP will be sufficient to show compliance with the law. However the ACoP is not mandatory and it is possible to comply with the law using alternative methods
Despite the client’s central role,
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