CDM 2007 Reducing Risk by Design

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CDM Risk 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 arrangements;
• Strengthen the requirements regarding co-ordination and co-operation, particularly between designers and contractors.
• Simplify the assessment of organisations’ competence.

The designer is a fundamental member of the project team and has a significant input throughout the lifecycle of the project, from feasibility design through to construction. CDM 2007 makes specific demands on the designer to consider health and safety risks associated with the construction, commissioning, use, maintenance, repair, testing, cleaning, de-commissioning and demolition of their designs and attempt to eliminate or reduce those risks by their design decisions.

This one-day course is designed to provide the Designer with the necessary knowledge and confidence in the performance of the task to ensure compliance with the designers’ duties under CDM 2007.

The definition of the designer, a detailed review of the duties under the regulations and the interface between the parties involved in the construction process throughout the lifecycle of a project are introduced. The design risk reduction process is discussed in detail, covering definition, identification, and reduction of risk. The need for and application of audit trails, and the designers’ role during the construction phase are also covered.

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 co-ordinators under CDM 2007. They also have extensive experience working for and on behalf of clients, designers, and principal contractors and contractors.

This course is intended for designers as defined under CDM 2007 and its Approved Code of Practice. It is also suitable for anyone with a responsibility for design teams or a need to understand the designers duties under CDM 2007


At the end of the course each delegates should:

• Recognise the range of persons who would be considered to be designers;
• Fully understand the designers’ duties under the CDM regulations 2007;
• Know how to reduce risk through the design process; and
• Record the design decisions in an efficient manner.


Session 1 Introduction and setting course objectives

Session 2 Briefing on CDM 2007

• Application, definitions and an outline of the interfaces of the parties involved.
• Who is the designer and is the designer competent and adequately resourced?

Session 3 Designers duties under the CDM Regulations

• The requirements of regulation 11.
• Design management.
• Legal liabilities.

Session 4 Reducing Risks at the Design Stage

• Hazard and risk defined.
• Design hazard inventories.
• Risk reduction techniques.
• Hierarchy of measures for reducing risks.
• Guidance available.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 5 Audit Trails

• Recording the findings from the risk analysis.
• Transfer of information.
• Syndicate Exercise.

Session 6 Role of the Designer during the Construction Phase

• Extent to which the designers’ duties continue for on-going design and for variations.
• Input to the Health and Safety File.

Session 7 Examination

• Closed book, multi-choice examination.

Session 8 Course Review and Conclusion

Course duration: 1 Day

Costs – £275 + VAT

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

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