CDM – Regulations and best practice


A comprehensive review of the CDM Regulations and their practical implementation.

Please note that this is a purely indicative programme, subject to change after discussion between you and the trainer as to your specific requirements.

Training objectives

This course will give participants:
  • An overview of construction health and safety law, liability and enforcement
  • A detailed understanding of the CDM Regulations and how they tie in with other key health and safety legislation
  • An explanation of the roles and responsibilities of all duty holders (and how they may vary on different types of project and procurement routes) and the information requirements for the formal documentation (Pre Construction Information, Construction Phase Plan and Health & Safety File)
  • Clear advice on current best practice for complying with the principles of the CDM Regulations
  • An understanding of how risk assessment should be applied practically throughout the design and how this responsibility is then transferred to contractors
  • Advice and guidance on how to integrate the requirements of CDM into a Company’s business and project processes


Appropriate for anyone involved in the procurement, planning, design or implementation of construction work (including building maintenance). Equally appropriate to those with no prior knowledge of the Regulations or those looking for a refresher on current best practice.

Applicable to:
  • Clients, agents, planning supervisors, designers and contractors
  • Property, facilities and maintenance managers; health and safety managers


A one-day programme using a mixture of formal tuition, a structured exercise and facilitated discussion to allow participants to explore practical examples and consider best practice.

Special features

This programme can be made yet more beneficial by tailoring it your organisation’s specific circumstances. What do the regulations mean to your organisation? How do they affect roles and responsibilities? What changes are needed to systems and procedures? The expert trainer can tailor the programme to ensure that it is focused entirely on the needs of your particular organisation, for maximum benefit and value.

The expert trainers

Depending on availability and training location, the trainer for this course would be either David or Alan:

David is Managing Director of one of the UK’s leading health and safety consultancies and is himself a practising health and safety consultant. With 20 years’ practical experience as a chartered engineer in the construction industry, he set up his own company in 1994 to offer a range of practical risk management solutions to client organisations, primarily in the field of health and safety and project risk management. The company grew rapidly through the development of long-term relationships with clients and then merged with one of the leading international environmental consultants, where David leads the health and safety practice.

David’s particular strengths are in the development of practical solutions in the management of health and safety and the integration of health and safety management systems into business and project processes. He has considerable experience in applying these strengths to assisting clients develop robust systems for managing contracted activities.

He is able to draw upon his practical knowledge, management experience and enthusiasm to get the job done to deliver highly interactive and enjoyable training courses, as the following comments from course participants demonstrate:

‘David has a clear understanding of the subject and presented the subject matter very well.’

‘David’s ability to give practical examples of how CDM was relevant to our business and how best to approach implementation was particularly useful.’

‘David is very knowledgeable, very good and interesting course, a lot of encouragement to interact.’

‘David did an excellent job presenting this course and I am sure we will be using him again for our safety courses and consultancy.’

‘David’s business experience allows him to clearly demonstrate the benefits of ‘active’ HSE management. Rather than tutor-based presentations on theory he was able to draw on experience and personal exposure to real everyday problems.’

Alan is a Senior Consultant with a leading health and safety consultancy. A chartered engineer, he has over twenty-five years’ experience in general civil engineering. He has acted primarily in Project Management, encompassing all aspects of project delivery from concept to handover, and has a broad knowledge of regulatory and best practice approaches to the control of contractors. His recent career has focused on Health and Safety in construction, and in the delivery of practical training in this field. Alan still remains actively involved in Project Management and Planning Supervision in a variety of project and operational environments.

Alan is a very experienced and accomplished trainer, as the following comments from course participants show:

‘As an update course it provoked thought into previously held views and perceptions of the regulations.’

‘Most appreciated Alan’s ability to pause, discuss and rejoin the course notes without losing the thread of why we are here!’

Course outline

  1. Introduction
    • Why manage health and safety?
    • The costs of accidents
    • Construction industry statistics
    • Why CDM?
    • Health and safety culture in the construction industry
  2. Overview of health and safety law and liabilities
    • Criminal and civil law
    • Liability
    • Enforcement and prosecution
    • Compliance – how far do we go?
    • Statutory duties
  3. Health and safety law in construction – the current framework
    • Framework of relevant legislation
      – Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
      – Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
      – Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
      – Work at Height Regulations 2005 
    • Who is responsible for the risks created by construction work?
    • Shared workplaces/shared responsibilities
    • Control of contractors – importance of contract law
  4. CDM 2007 – the principles and current best practice
    • Scope – what is construction?
    • Application – when do they apply?
    • The CDM management system
      – Dutyholders (client, designer, CDM Co-ordinator, principal contractor, contractor)
      – Documents (HSE Notification, H&S Plan, H&S File)
      – Management process 
    • The 2007 Approved Code of Practice
    • Clarification of roles and responsibilities
  5. Risk assessment and the role of the designer
    • Principles of risk assessment
    • Loss prevention/hazard management
    • What is a suitable risk assessment?
      – Design v construction risk assessment
      – The client is a designer?
      – Whose risk is it?
  6. Risk assessment exercise
    • Understanding the principles of design risk assessment
    • Identifying hazards under the control of clients and designers
    • Quantifying the risk
  7. Competence under CDM 2007
    • What is ‘Competence’?
    • The core criteria to be used in construction
    • Achieving continuous improvement
  8. Part 4 Construction Health Safety and Welfare
    • Overview of Part 4
    • Responsibilities
    • Welfare arrangements
  9. Questions, discussion and review

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