CDM2015: Improving Team Well-being in the Construction Environment

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A one-day introductory workshop to understanding how individuals respond to excessive pressure in a project environment, the potential impact on their health and how project teams can plan to mitigate stress-related ill-health.


Although stress-related ill health has always been an unfortunate aspect of working in construction, the problem appears to be growing. At the same time, the industry is being challenged to manage health as diligently as it does safety. Construction professionals have a key part to play in the development of a project culture that allows individuals and teams to meet the demands placed on them without anyone being exposed to excessive stress.

Why Enrol?

This training will give participants the opportunity to explore the current situation regarding stress in construction, including examining the latest statistics.

Participants will also explore the legal requirements in relation to stress, and will explore strategies for managing it in a project environment. Finally, participants will develop personal action plans to begin to address the management of stress in their own work settings.

The workshop considers a range of issues including:
  • Effective project leadership
  • Stress management
  • Fatigue management
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Understanding risk assessment in relation to health and how to apply it
  • The role of the individual in creating a safe and productive work environment and
  • The importance of supply chain management

This workshop draws on the latest research, methods, tools, and other information from organisations including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Institution for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).


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Bespoke training programmes. These are delivered by our tutors at a time, in a location and based on a curriculum completely tailored to your needs. Ideal for organisations that have several employees wishing to take training in the same subject area, and/or have organisation-specific ideas for learning and development.

Programme Overview
This training course starts at 09:00 and finishes at 17:00 with refreshment breaks mid-morning and afternoon, plus lunch.
All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.

Session 1 - Introductions
Session 2 - What is Health?
Session 3 - The Law and Moral Obligation
Session 4 - Developing Effective Teams: The importance of Supply Chain Management
Session 5 - What is Stress?
Session 6 - HSE Management Standards
Session 7 - Workplace Incidents, including Fatigue Risk Management
Session 8 - Action planning
This course takes specialist knowledge in the mental health field, and delivers it in a format that is relevant and accessible to workers in the construction sector. Given the range of topics covered and sensitive nature of the material, the course benefits from the combined skills, knowledge and experience of Paul McArthur and Tony Putsman, providing an effective and stimulating product for participants.

Paul and Tony are co-authors of the ICE published: Practical Guide to CDM 2015 –Teamwork not Paperwork.

Paul trained in the Health Service and has worked in the health field for over 30 years. He has worked as a consultant with national organisations, helping them to introduce policies and procedures to minimise the impact of stress and other mental health issues in the workplace.

Tony is a qualified civil engineer and project manager, now working as a consultant in risk management.

Together they deliver informative and supportive programmes at a level that construction personnel can relate to and benefit from.
Learning Objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Define what is meant by the terms ‘health’ and ‘stress’
  • Define the current numbers of deaths and stress-related ill-health using the latest data from the HSE and other leading agencies
  • Describe their duties under the law in relation to stress at work
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of stress
  • Identify strategies to improve stress management in construction
  • Develop a personal action plan to improve the management of stress in their workplace.
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for:
  • Managers and leaders in the construction sector
  • Anyone with responsibility for other workers
  • Clients
  • Project managers
  • Team leaders
  • Safety managers
  • Anyone with an interest in stress in the construction sector

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