CDM 2007 Effective CDM Coordination

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CDM Coordinator Training


CDM 2007 represents a step change in construction health and safety legislation. It brings the CDM 1994 regulations and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) regulations 1996 into a single regulatory package providing a clear focus on management, communication, co-operation and competence within the project team.

The changes are significant and will affect everyone in the construction industry.

CDM 2007 aims to:

• Simplify the regulations and improve clarity, making it easier for duty holders to
know what is expected of them;
• Focus on planning and management, with an emphasis on active management
and a reduction in bureaucracy;
• Maximise flexibility to accommodate the broad spectrum of contractual
• Strengthen the requirements regarding co-ordination and co-operation, particularly
between designers and contractors.
• Simplify the assessment of organisations’ competence.

Under CDM 2007 the role of the co-ordinator has been extended compared to its predecessor, the planning supervisor, and the level of responsibility increased, reflecting the pivotal role that the co-ordinator has in the successful execution of a construction project.

This three-day course delivers comprehensive and complete coverage of CDM 2007. It is essential training for anyone who acts as a CDM Co-ordinator and will equip the delegate with the necessary knowledge about the Regulations, ACoP, Guidances and best practice to achieve competence as a CDM Co-ordinator.

It has been specifically designed for the CDM Co-ordinator and will ensure you are fully informed with the necessary information to modify your existing practices and procedures to ensure full compliance with the new regulations.

The course is highly interactive and includes presentations, notes, syndicated exercises, delegate discussion and examination to ensure effective learning outcomes.

The tutors are widely experienced in the understanding and practical application of the CDM 1994 regulations and have been closely involved in the consultation process for CDM 2007. They have been practising planning supervisors since 1995 and are qualified CDM Co-ordinators under CDM 2007. They also have extensive experience working for and on behalf of clients, designers, and principal contractors and contractors.

Anyone in the construction team who may act as the CDM Co-ordinator under CDM 2007. CDM Co-ordinators with limited formal health and safety training and knowledge of CDM2007.

Project managers and client team who have overall management responsibilities.


At the end of the course each delegates should:

• Understand the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work, Etc. Act and
subservient regulations, as they apply to construction;
• Appreciate the primary causes and potential solutions for the injuries and ill health
that occur in construction;
• Know the requirements of the CDM duty holders and what is expected of them;
• Fully understand the duties and role of a CDM Co-ordinator
• Be able to assist and educate the client;
• Conduct a meaningful dialogue with designers in relation to risk assessment;
• Compile the pre-construction health and safety information pack;
• Assess competence and resource allocation;
• Review the construction health and safety plan; and
• Compile the health and safety file.



Session 1 Introduction and setting course objectives

Session 2 Injuries and Ill-health in Construction and Maintenance

• Review of causes of injuries and ill health occurring in construction and maintenance and the associated accident trends.

Session 3 Legislation

• Health and safety legislation as it applies to construction,
• The measures that could be taken by designers and contractors to reduce risks.

Session 4 Application of the Regulations

• The scale and types of work to which CDM applies and the definitions used.
• Discussion on the content and format of the regulations, approved code of practice and guidances.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 5 The Relationship between the Project Team Members

• The interfaces between the parties involved in the construction process, from concept to maintenance.

Session 6 The Role of the Client in the project

• Review of the client’s duties under the regulations.
• The importance of the client’s involvement and correct allocation of resources.

Session 7 The Appointment of the CDM Co-ordinator & Principal Contractor

• Evaluating the competence and resources of the CDM Co-ordinator and principal contractor.
• Making proper appointments.

Session 8 Examination

• Closed book, multi-choice examination on Day 1 syllabus.

Session 9 Review of Day 1 and Close


Session 1 The Provision of Information

• The nature and timing of information to be provided.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 2 Engaging Designers & Contractors

• Evaluating the competence and resources of designers and contractors.

Session 3 Management Arrangements

• The client’s responsibility for ensuring adequate management arrangements.
• Controlling the commencement of construction.
• Co-operation and co-ordination.

Session 4 Duties of the CDM Co-ordinator

• Review of the CDM Co-ordinator’s duties under the regulations.
• Workscope specification, pricing and contractual arrangements.

Session 5 Project notification

• The requirements and timings for notification.

Session 6 Assisting the Client

• The ways in which the CDM Co-ordinator must and can assist the client to ensure adequate management and co-ordination.
• Monitoring site health and safety performance if required by the client.

Session 7 Assessment of the Design

• The techniques that are available for ensuring that the design and the designers comply with the regulations.
• Design by non-GB based designers, contractors and suppliers.
• Changes to design during construction.

Session 8 Examination

• Closed book, multi-choice examination on Day 2 syllabus.

Session 9 Review of Day 2 and Close



Session 1 Pre-Construction Health and Safety Information Pack

• The content of the pack and responsibilities for providing information.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 2 Health and Safety File

• The content, format and number of copies of the health and safety file.
• When and how the content and format are to be specified.
• Delivery of the health and safety file.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 3 Checks of Designers and Contractors

• The methods to be used for verification of competence and resources allocation by the CDM Co-ordinator on the client’s behalf.
• Use of approved suppliers lists, pre-qualification questionnaires, interviews and project feedback.
• Reporting to the client.

Session 4 Duties of the Designers

• Review of the designers’ duties under the regulations.
• Difficulties with establishing who the designers are.

Session 5 Design Risk Assessment

• Design management and legal liabilities.
• Recognising and recording hazards upon which design decisions are taken.
• Principles to be applied in reducing risk.
• Information to be recorded and methods of communication.
• Guidance available.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 6 The Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan

• Contents of the principal contractors’ health and safety plan.
• Timing of preparation and reviews.
• Review checklists and advising the client of the sufficiency to commence construction.

Session 7 The Principal Contractor & Contractors

• The duties of the principal contractor and contractors.
• Management and co-ordination of activities on site.
• Implementing, monitoring and enforcing the health and safety plan, rules and provisions.
• Controlling entry on to the site, consultation, liaison and the provision of information and training.
• Risk assessments and method statements.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 8 Examination

• Closed book, multi-choice examination on Day 3 syllabus.

Session 9 Course Review and Conclusion

Course duration: 3 Days

Costs £735 + VAT

CDM Coordinator Training Scotland, Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

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