CDM Regulations 2015—the health and safety file
Produced in partnership with Gowling WLG
CDM Regulations 2015—the health and safety file

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

  • CDM Regulations 2015—the health and safety file
  • When must the health and safety file be produced, and by whom?
  • What does the health and safety file contain?
  • Practical considerations

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (the ‘Regulations’), the health and safety file (the ‘File’) is a document required for projects involving more than one contractor. Regulation 12(5) of the Regulations provides that the File should be appropriate to the characteristics of the project and contain such information as is relevant to the project and is likely to be needed during any future construction work to ensure the health and safety of any person.

It should be noted that although the information may be relevant to the contemporary construction work, the emphasis is on ensuring health and safety during any future works.

The information in the File should therefore be sufficiently clear and targeted to allow any future construction work and maintenance to be carried out without risk to health and safety.

When must the health and safety file be produced, and by whom?

For projects involving more than one contractor, a principal designer must be appointed. The principal designer is primarily responsible for keeping and maintaining the File. If a principal designer has not been appointed, the responsibility to keep and maintain the File will automatically default to the client (as will all the other responsibilities of the principal designer).

If the building was constructed, or altered, at any time since 31 March 1995 (the date at which the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994,

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