Is the CDM co-ordinator the same as the former planning supervisor?

No. Although the duties are broadly similar it requires a very different approach from the old planning supervisor. The co-ordinator is the facilitator that makes sure the project team co-operates, co-ordinates their work on health and safety and advises the client. The CDM co-ordinator needs different skills and competences to make sure these duties are met. In particular, they must advise the client on how to meet the client duties under CDM 2007, and assist them in doing so. The role of CDM co-ordinator is to provide the client with a project adviser on health and safety management, and makes sure the work is planned effectively – to assist with the appointment of competent contractors, to ensure proper co-ordination of the design process, and to prepare the health and safety file.