CDM2015 – Construction Safety Through Design

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CDM2015 Design Training

Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 – Construction safety through design and compliance with CDM 2015.


Course Outline:


The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) provide the main legal requirements for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects throughout Great Britain (including it’s territorial sea and the ‘renewable energy zone’). CDM 2015 came into force on the 6th April 2015 and replaces the current 2007 Regulations. CDM 2015 applies to all building and construction work including new build, renovation, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, demolition, dismantling, repair and maintenance and will impact on any person or organisation who is involved in any associated design work.

Who is this course intended for 

This course is intended for persons involved in the design process on construction projects who by definition are uniquely positioned to influence health, safety and welfare through design risk management techniques. Designers under CDM 2015 will include people and organisations that prepare or modify designs for any construction project under CDM 2015. Designers attract their responsibilities through their functional involvement or appointment. This will include architects, engineers, interior designers, temporary works designers, surveyors, technicians, specifies and potentially other duty holders who make design decisions regarding a structure (including clients). Design risk assessment is an important part of a designer’s duties under CDM 2015 and this course includes working through typical design scenarios and design elements familiar to mainstream construction projects. This course will provide participating delegates the opportunity to enhance their own design risk management techniques and ideas which they can take back to their own workplace.

Key Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course delegates should:

  •  Identify when and how the Regulations apply to any particular construction project and to what extent designer duties apply;
  • Identify who could attract designer duties under CDM 2015 (through their functions);
  • Know how to apply appropriate design risk management techniques and record the significant outcomes;
  • Recognise what resultant information will be appropriately required and passed on to other duty holders;
  • Be capable of sourcing and applying the various supplementary official and industry advice, guidance and reference material specifically available to designers of structures.


Session 1    Opening and setting course objectives    

  • Introduction of trainer and delegates, complete attendance register, talk through objectives, syndicate exercises and exam. Brief safety induction and emergency arrangements.

Session 2   Introduction to CDM Regulations 2015

  • Application of the Regulations, definitions of the various duty holders. Definitions of a project, a structure and construction work.

Session 3   Single contractor project requirements under CDM 2015

  • Explanation of the new requirements regarding competence, co-operation and co-ordination. Duties of the Client, Designer and Contractor for all construction projects. Requirements for pre construction information and the construction phase plan.

Session 4   Multiple contractor project requirements under CDM 2015

  • Appointments of the Principal Designer and Principal contractor.
  • Requirements for the health and safety file.

Session 5   Designer Duties

  • Hazard and risk defined. Explanation of design risk assessment in the context of CDM Regulations 2015.

Session 6   Syndicate exercise

  • Hazard identification regarding a familiar design situation. Risk reduction techniques and risk assessments completed.

Session 7   Audit Trails

  • Recording the findings of the risk assessments and evaluating information required by other duty holders.

Session 8   Final discussions, examination and close out 

  • Information required for the Health and Safety file, questions and feed back.
  • Course Conclusion

Completed design risk assessments during syndicate exercises will form the basis of delegate course assessment


Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £275 + VAT


CDM2015 Design Training Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

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