Fundamentals of CDM2015

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An insightful one day training course on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015), focussing particularly on the links between the latest regulations and accepted project management principles, and the recommended management tools to put these principles into practice.

The programme introduces delegates to the background of CDM and the latest requirements. It considers how CDM2015 links with project management principles and how to apply the regulations in practice.

The training course is highly interactive, encouraging group work and scenario planning to ensure that skills learnt can be confidently applied following attendance on the programme.

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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - Introduction
Session 2 - Introduction to key Management Principles and H&S
Session 3 - Background to CDM & Links to Othe H&S Legislation
Session 4 - Overview of CDM Documentation
Session 5 - CDM Documentation
Session 6 - How Planning and Design Link to Health, Safety & Welfare
Session 7 - Project Life Cycle
Session 8 - The Health and Safety Executive and Enforcement Action
Session 9 - CDM - Procurement and Duty- holder Interaction
Session 10 - CDM - Project Risk Management
Session 11 - Introduction to CDM Tools
Session 12 - Review and Assessment

Guidance documents

  • HSE: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Draft Guidance L153
  • CITB/CONIAC Draft Guidance:
    Industry guidance for Clients 
    Industry guidance for Contractors 
    Industry guidance for Designers
    Industry guidance for Principal Contractors
    Industry guidance for Principal Designers
Dr Billy Hare
School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University
PhD, BSc (Hon), BA, MCIOB
Billy has a PhD in construction management (H&S Thesis); BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and Engineering and a BA in Occupational Health and Safety. He joined GCU in 2002, after a career in construction contracting. Since then, he has spent the last 13 years undertaking research work on several HSE, IOSH, EPSRC and CITB-ConstructionSkills funded projects. His research portfolio is exclusively focussed on the management of occupational health and safety within the construction industry. Billy is currently a Reader in Construction Management for the School of Engineering and Built Environment at GCU, and also lectures within the school, covering construction management and health and safety topics. In addition to this he is an approved tutor for CITB and IOSH training. Billy has also written several research papers and industry guidance documents (including a CITB module for their publication ‘GE700’ and Worker Engagement for CDM2007) and was part of the expert panel for Principal Designer guidance for CDM2015. He has authored several online CPD courses on the subject of construction health and safety, and is currently a member of the CIOB National Health and Safety Committee.
Tony Putsman 
Director, Xenophon Project Services Limited/ Construction Team Technologies Ltd
BSc (Hons), MICE, CEng, AIEMA
A qualified civil engineer, and experienced project manager, Tony developed a keen interest in the 'people' aspect of construction whilst working for major companies such as Taylor Woodrow, Kier International and Jarvis Construction. Since graduating in 1974, he has worked across all the major sectors of the construction industry, moving from a hands-on project delivery role into a training and development specialist. He is now a leading advocate of team-based risk management. Tony set up his own risk management consultancy in 2002 and is currently working with clients in the energy, rail, off-shore, house building and refurbishment sectors, promoting a strategic approach to project risk management through enhanced collaborative working. 
He is co-author of Teamwork not Paperwork - a practical guide to using CDM to deliver better projects, published in 2012.
Liz Bennett 
Director, Habilis Health and Safety Solutions Ltd
Liz has worked mainly on long term projects with repeat clients, and latterly on blocks of interim assignments with local and central government. Other projects have included the London 2012 Olympic Games. Liz is particularly keen to enable others to understand how to manage risk professionally and sensibly. Challenge and empowerment are important.
Liz is currently working with the University of the West of England on research projects relating to BIM (Building Information Modelling) and construction health and safety. She is also working on various knowledge transfer projects relating to brownfield site management and to property management, including outdoor spaces and spaces accessed by members of the public. Her special interest is SMEs in the supply chain and the application of BIM and similar methodologies on health and safety in construction. She is working with a wide range of very large and very small clients, ensuring she maintains perspective as CDM is rolled out across industry.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates should:
  • ​Understand the principles of CDM in relation to accident and ill health trends, including health and safety in design and how this affects work during construction, use, maintenance and eventual demolition
  • Know how to describe the links between CDM and current UK Health and Safety legislation (including risk assessment and the general principles of prevention
  • Recognise the links between CDM and accepted project management principles
  • Be confident utilising recommended management tools to put CDM principles into practice
Who Should Attend?

This training course will be of interest to all those who are responsible for health and safety on projects. Delegates will include: 

  • Design engineers
  • Clients who manage construction work on a regular basis
  • Contractors who have a design role

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