CDM Plans are Compulsory
… but how many architects, house builders, contractors and others bother to understand them, or ensure that they are in place before any works start on site? This invaluable tool from CITB will help anyone who has this responsibility to lighten their workload.
Desktop & Phone
The CDM Wizard is your flexible answer for all your CDM requirements and is a ‘MUST HAVE’ aid for Architects & Builders.. The new functions on the CDM Wizard have been widely tested. The feedback received has been positive and encouraging. You can use it on iOS and Android devices. Use the buttons to download a free copy for your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
… will be enable you to:
•Create and access your account from your desktop or from any smartphone.
•Edit plans that you have previously created
•Start a plan on one device or computer, log on to another device or computer and continue the plan
•Upload your company logo to be automatically put on to the plan
•Upload a copy of your signature so you no longer need to print off the document before sending
•Complete and save multiple plans to the Cloud
•Have several partially finished plans ready to be completed at a later time.
Plan, Organise & Collaborates
This app will help you plan and organise your job. It will also help you work together with others, ensuring any work is carried out without risk to health and safety. In helping you do this, this app assists you in complying with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), which apply across Great Britain.
How Does it Work?
You'll be asked questions about what you will be doing and the nature of the work. Most of the questions are answered with simple tick-boxes, allowing you to complete the whole process in less than 5 minutes. An action plan is then generated that can be viewed instantly on your device or can be emailed to whoever needs it. The plan includes:
Details of your job and activities
Potential Health & Safety Risks
Who is the App for?
You could be a builder, plumber or other tradesman, doing small-scale routine work such as:
•installing a kitchen or bathroom
•structural alterations, e.g. chimney breast removal
•roofing work, including dormer windows
•extension or loft conversion
A simple plan
… before work starts, is usually enough to show that you have thought about health and safety. But remember,
If your job will last more than 30 days and have more than 20 workers working at the same time at any point on the project OR exceed 500 person days of construction work HSE will need to be notified and is unlikely to be suitable for this simple plan format.
However, since many projects are executed on the basis of employing individual sub-contract trades, each of these should have a plan in at least this format. Principal Designers, Principal Contractors and Self-Builder clients should be aware of this.
Why is the App needed?
Under CDM 2015, every construction project needs a Construction Phase Plan.
Somebody needs to be named in the plan as the person or organisation in overall control of the job, regardless of the number of trades/contractors/sub-contractors working on the job.
That somebody has a duty under CDM 2015 as the Principal Contractor to plan and organise the work, and work together with others in the project to ensure health and safety standards are maintained.
If you get stuck or want to suggest new features you can return to the start or find other help. The menu is full of useful info such as Facts and Figures and links to other sites. The app stores the action plans you generate in the cloud. They are accessible in your account from any device you choose to connect with. You can come back and edit your plans as your jobs evolve, ensuring they stay updated. For further support with CDM 2015, visit CITB website at http://www.citb.co.uk/cdmregs
What You Get
Enter the details about your job, answer easy, but compulsory, questions, then simply tick the boxes relevant to your job. Before you know it, your plan will be complete. Read it and take any action or precautions where necessary. This plan contains information on controls that can help keep you and others healthy and safe.
If you are the principal contractor you are responsible for this plan. Other contractors may use the CDM Wizard app to generate a CDM Action Plan for their own work. It's important that everyone knows what is expected of each other, especially as things can change quickly form day to day. You may have to amend the report as the job changes or new trades /contractors start.
Making it Work for YOU
Speak to each other about what's to be done, when and how it can be done safely. It is also vital that those carrying out the work have the right combination of skills, knowledge, training and experience and are provided with the right tools, plant and equipment, information, instruction and supervision.
If you are unsure about how you can make your site safer or about the health risks, more information can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/construction . You can download ‘Busy Builder’ sheets for activities such as loft conversions and small building work, and for advice on hazards such as dust and lead, and the Client leaflet.
Six CDM industry guides based on sound industry practice can be found at http://www.citb.co.uk/cdmregs and will help small businesses deliver building and construction projects in a way that secures health and safety. It includes guidance for clients, designers, contractors, and workers.
We work with architects and designers to help ensure that their duties a Principal Designers are fully discharge. Alternatively we can take on the role of Principal Designer, if instructed to do so by commissioning clients. While manufacturing of timber frames, components and other supplies is outside the scope of CDM, we have particular regard for all related H&S issues. We work closely with contractors and house-builders to ensure that all CDM duties are properly discharged on site, preparing Risk Assessment and Management plans (RAM’s) for each aspect of the work under our direct control, and liaising with others to promote good H&S practices on site
Empty Shells for “CUSTOM Self-Builds”
Our ‘Benfield CUSTOM Homes’ division is now working with architects & developers to take over the burden of dealing with the latest government planning requirement for ‘Custom Self-Build’ homes on every development. Observing agreed Design Codes and Plot Passports for planning permissions, our in-house architects and designers use advanced timber frame technology to provide ‘empty’ shells for ‘Custom Self-Builders’ to plan and fit out interiors to suit their own ideas. Four stages of completion are offered, from bare shell, with elevations completed, through to ‘turnkey’ delivery.
Your Partner in Development
If you have a project where Custom or Self-Build homes are involved, talk to us. Our specialist services have been designed to protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, and delivers better value for you and your customers.