CDM Competency Assessments

What is it and why is it required?

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, require Clients to implement procedures to check the competency of those appointed or engaged in a construction project. The Approved Code of Practice L144 Managing Health and Safety in Construction offers approved guidance on what competency checks are to be made to ensure that those who are appointed or engaged are competent to comply with health and safety requirements.

What are the benefits?

Competence is about being able to work safely and without endangering others. Competency is required to ensure legal health and safety compliance and brings many benefits to both the project and the client including:

  • ensuring that the construction project is safe to build, safe to use and safe to maintain with fewer residual risks and reduced likelihood of accidents;
  • ensuring duty holders know what is expected of them and are able to meet their responsibilities; and
  • helping to reduce bureaucracy – focussing the project on planning and management to ensure efficient, cost-effective and timely completion.
How can the S2 Partnership help?

The S2 Partnership can offer clients assistance in undertaking CDM Duty Holder Competency assessments in line with the legislative requirements to assess the competency of partner organisations that the client are instructing, or considering appointing as part of the Client in-house CDM process.  Assessments will be made in line with the Approved Code of Practice L144- Managing Health and Safety in Construction also covering project-specific risks.

The service will include:

  • Agreeing the competency assessment criteria in line with the competency requirements as defined by the Approved Code of Practice L144 Managing Health and Safety in Construction – including agreeing a traffic light scoring system if deemed appropriate;
  • Assessing the third party submissions against the agreed criteria; and
  • Producing a short report on the findings of each submission – with an overall summary and recommendations produced.

Please contact us for more information.