CDM Regulations 2007—the role of contractors [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG
CDM Regulations 2007—the role of contractors [Archived]

The following Construction practice note Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CDM Regulations 2007—the role of contractors [Archived]
  • Introduction
  • Who is a contractor?
  • General duties
  • Additional duties on notifiable projects
  • The principal contractor
  • Construction Phase Plan

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

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].

Introduction

Contractors are those companies and individuals who actually carry out construction work. This hands-on’ role means that contractors are often those most at risk of suffering injury or otherwise damaging their health.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/320 (the Regulations) allow contractors to have a role in planning and managing the construction work. The Regulations apply alongside the general duty which is placed on employees to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others which is set out at section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA 1974).

Please note that any reference to the term ‘client’ in this note is synonymous with ‘employer’ as used in other practice notes in this context. ‘Client’ is used here to facilitate reference to the Regulations.

Who is a contractor?

The Regulations provide a wide definition of ‘contractor’ and it includes any person who manages or carries out construction work in the course of a business (including the self-employed). It may be the case that

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