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, CDM Co-ordinators, 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 spend half a day with you to tailor the programme to ensure that it is focused entirely on the needs of your particular organisation, for maximum benefit and value.

The expert trainer

Subash Ludhra is a Past President and current (2015) vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

A Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Subash has a wealth of experience in risk management, having worked across a range of sectors and disciplines in a truly diverse 25-year career to date.

Having qualified originally as an Occupational Hygienist, Subash started his professional career in local government before moving on to the brewing industry, working for Grand Metropolitan and Courage Brewing as their regional SHE Manager. His next career move led him to Rentokil Initial, where he spent eight years, the last two as a board director within Initial Catering Services.

In 2002, Subash founded a successful risk management and loss control consultancy that provides services to blue chip companies, as well as to a large number of SMEs, around the world.

Subash is an experienced health and safety trainer and public speaker. He contributes regularly to a number of health and safety publications as well as writing the successful ‘common sense guide to…’ series of books published by Routledge. He has been involved in the production of several health and safety documents for trade associations and for the Health and Safety Executive.

Outside the world of work, Subash was a public member of Network Rail (2008-11), is a serving Magistrate and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced trainer, he has a unique ability to captivate his audiences, as the following comments show:

‘Fantastic trainer who totally engaged and motivated the group.’

‘Subash again performed with knowledge, information and humour.’

‘Very well presented. I think the subject was demonstrated in a manner that meant all attendees were able to absorb and understand all items covered’

‘I actually quite enjoyed the course!!’

‘A good course, excellent content and very well paced.’

‘Subash was extremely knowledgeable – a H&S encyclopaedia.’

‘A lot more interesting and engaging than expected!’

‘The speaker clearly had a significant breadth and depth of understanding and experience of the subject.’

‘Excellent use of case studies and ‘real life’ examples. A real professional.’

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 the Regulations 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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