When should the CDM co-ordinator be appointed?

The CDM co-ordinator should be appointed as early as possible, and before initial design work or other preparations for construction work have been completed. ‘Initial design work’ includes feasibility studies to enable them to decide whether or not to proceed with the project, and any work necessary to identify the client’s requirements or possible constraints on the development. The CDM co-ordinator must be appointed early in the project because the role is crucial for the effective planning and establishment of health and safety management arrangements from the start. The CDM co-ordinator must be appointed before detailed design work begins.