Last edited 25 Sep 2020

Planning supervisor

The role of ‘planning supervisor’ was created by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM Regulations) in 1994 which came into force on 31 March 1995. The regulations were introduced to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced.

The planning supervisor role was intended to be a supervisory one, ensuring that the regulations were complied with:

However, when the CDM Regulations were revised in 2007, planning supervisors were scrapped and replaced with a new role, ‘CDM Co-ordinator’.

The CDM Co-ordinator was intended to take a more active role in the project, actually co-ordinating health and safety issues and performing tasks themselves rather than just advising or ensuring that others perform their duties. This more active role included:

See CDM Co-ordinator for more information.

However, the 2007 CDM Regulations were substantially revised in 2015. These revisions saw the role of CDM Co-ordinator transferred to a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor to try to embed it better into the project team. See CDM 2015 for more information.

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