Guide to the CDM regulations is out now

The Principal Designer’s Handbook: Guide to the CDM Regulations 2015 by the Association of Project Safety (APS) is available for purchase.

With reference to the new CDM regulations which came into force on 6 April 2015, the Handbook is a quick, first-point of reference for both new principal designers and experienced design risk practitioners.

It aims to support the industry in achieving a proportionate response to health and safety design risk management in the pre-construction phase by helping those who have sufficient health and safety skill, knowledge and experience to carry out the principal designer role.

The Handbook covers:

The Principal Designer role
An overview of the role detailing the key responsibilities and outlining how those differ on commercial and domestic projects.

The Principal Designer in practice
Details on fees and appointments; Pre-Construction Information; Design Risk management; and how to prepare a Health and Safety File.

Liaison with the Principal Contractor
Details of the Construction Phase Plan; the continuing liaison required during the Construction Phase; and guidance on the defects liability period.

Standard and exemplar documents
Fees and appointment worked examples; examples of a Health and Safety File; and other useful templates which will be modified and updated as experience of the Regulations develop.

The key CDM roles
An outlineof the key roles and responsibilities for the Client, Designer, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Contractors, Workers, and CDM Adviser.

A hard copy of the book can be purchased at