Using an agent
If you wish, you can appoint someone else to carry out your duties as a client. The CDM regulations allow you to appoint an agent for this purpose. If you appoint an agent, you first have to ensure that they are competent to carry out your duties as a client. This may involve making enquiries about their previous track record, experience and management arrangements for carrying out these duties. If you have decided someone will act as your agent a written declaration has to be sent to HSE by either you or the agent. The declaration should:
Explain the agent is acting on your behalf
Include the name and address of the person
Making the declaration
Contain the exact address of the site
Be signed by or on behalf of your agent
What are the client and client's agent duties under the CDM Regulations?
You have the following duties under the CDM Regulations, whether you are a client or client's agent:
Appoint a planning supervisor
Provide information on health and safety to the planning supervisor
Appoint a principal contractor
Ensure those you appoint are competent and adequately resourced to carry out their health and safety responsibilities
Ensure that a suitable health and safety plan has been prepared by the principal contractor before construction work starts and ensure the health and safety file given to you at the end of the project is kept available for use.
Appointing a planning supervisor
You have to appoint a competent and adequately resourced planning supervisor. You should make this appointment as early as possible during the design and planning work for the project so that they can carry out their duties and advise you if necessary on the subsequent appointment of others. The planning supervisor has responsibility for coordinating the health and safety aspects of design and for ensuring the pre-tender stage health and safety plan is prepared. The planning