The CDM Wizard Review
2nd January 2016
Construction Phase Plans and the CDM Wizard App.
Under the new Construction, (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, (CDM;2015) all works regardless of size or type, including small works for domestic clients, now require a Construction Phase Plan. This plan will detail who the work is for and how it is going to be carried out. The responsibility for this plan will lie with the Principal Contractor.
With 75% of fatalities and 50% of RIDDORS, occurring on small construction sites, (Baker; 2015), this change was clearly necessary.
No one relishes the idea of more paperwork and so with this in mind the CITB, (Construction Industry Training Board), has come to the rescue! They have produced CDM Wizard, a free app available as android or iOS. Only requiring you to enter some simple job details, the app is able to generate an action plan listing activity, associated risk and providing health and safety tips and advice, aiding you in complying with the CDM regulations.
The CDM Wizard is an easy to use application which makes you consider what you are going to do. It gives you the information you need to plan your work in a safe manner, coordinating with others involved and lessening the risk to your health and that of your team. Downloading the app is straight forward as is the data inputting.
Our CDM advisor Anita Darlington reviewed the app for us:
‘Having set up several dummy projects, I found it quick and easy to use. I have recommended it to several contractors who now use it regularly. The only improvement to the app that I would like to see would be an option to update and amend plans post generation. That aside I will continue to recommend it and should I ever undertake to do another self-build, I will certainly use it’.
For further CDM advice Contact Us
Further information on site safety and construction health risks visit: www.hse.gov.uk/construction Further information on CDM 2015 and contractor responsibility visit: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis80.pdf