Whilst I would like to encourage my client to appoint a CDM co-ordinator I would like to establish whether this is mandatory,. The advice under 'client's duties' states that clients must appoint a principal contractor and designer - and that the HSE must be notified (when the project type demands) - but the subject of CDM co-ordinator seems unclear. It seems in the current regulations that the duties have become 'shared' between principal contractor, designer and client. It makes sense to me to appoint an 'unbiased' party to the project - to take on the role of CDM co-ordinator - but I need to be clear about the actual obligations under the CDM regulations. I can give my client a choice - but I do not want to insist that something is mandatory if it is not.
Under the current CDM regulations (CDM2015) there is no CDM Co-ordinator role. This was a role previously under the CDM2007 regulations. You are correct that current CDM regulations require that the client appoints a principal contractor and designer and, if the project is notifiable, there is an additional duty to notify the HSE.
Some clients may wish to employ someone in an advisory capacity to help them carry out their CDM duties (CDM Advisor, Project Manager etc.). However, the Client duties still stand and are the responsibility of the Client. Employing someone to advise does not negate the need to comply, the client has specific duties and these cannot be passed over to any other party.
If the client chooses this path they would be advised to ensure that the person they employ has sufficient skills, knowledge and expertise to carry out the role.
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