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The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 06 April and provide the main legal requirements for managing health, safety and welfare on construction projects throughout Great Britain (including it’s territorial sea and the ‘renewable energy zone’). These Regulations are criminal law and conformance by persons and organisations affected is not optional. It is compulsory to comply with them, and failure to meet the requirements would mean a breach which could lead to prosecution, fines and irreparable damage to a company’s credibility. However, they are but one set in a range of many health and safety regulations which exert influence on U.K. construction projects. The primary legislative requirements can be found in the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 under which all relevant health and safety regulations fall under.
CDM 2015 replaces the current 2007 Regulations (which will be revoked) and announces many new requirements and sees the introduction of a new duty holder ‘the Principal Designer’. The Principal Designer attracts the key responsibility for ensuring the pre construction period is planned and managed in such a way that secures the health, safety and welfare of others involved or affected by the project. The role of the Principal Designer begins as early in the project as possible, including concept stage when the client is considering project protocol, and procurement routes are determined.
The Principal Designer role duties are similar to the departing CDM Co-ordinator under CDM 2007 but with a few differences (in some circumstances your organisation could find themselves attracting legal duties and responsibilities even without a written formal appointment or agreement with a client). If your organisation intends to perform this role in the future or could by default, now is the time to get your staff trained up to fulfil this pivotal legal position. 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.
This course is primarily intended for design organisations currently operating in the U.K. construction sector who propose to fulfil the role of Principal Designer on future construction projects. It is aimed at duly technically competent organisations that require supplementary training in order to provide them with the additional necessary skills and knowledge necessary to accept such an appointment under CDM 2015 (on suitable projects for which they have an appropriate level of relevant experience). This course is ideal for design practices, engineering consultants and project management organisations who currently operate such an undertaking in Great Britain. Local Authority design and management departments may also find this course useful, particularly where they undertake a design role during the earlier stages of a project. In these circumstances they may well be deemed to attract the Principal Designer role, unless they have made other arrangements with a third party using a written appointment.
On completion of the course delegates should:
Introduction of trainer and delegates, complete attendance register, talk through objectives, syndicate exercises and exam. Brief safety induction and emergency arrangements.
Brief history, background and development of the regulations. When and how the regulations apply to a project. Definitions of official terminology used including a structure and construction work. Identification of the various duty holders and their legal responsibilities. Accidents and ill health in construction. Group discussion on trends and underlying causes.
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. Group discussion regarding health and safety management on a case study project introduced by the tutor.
Group discussion regarding day one course content and attainment of learning objectives.
Identifying who should fulfil this legal position. Appointment of the PD – when, how and by whom. Providing advice and assistance to the client regarding existing and required information, project protocol, and procurement options from the onset. Collation and dissemination of pre construction information. Liaison with other duty holders including the Principal Contractor. Requirements for the Construction Phase Plan and Health and Safety File.
Skills, knowledge and experience requirements relevant to a particular project. Definitions and evaluation of key terminology used during design risk assessment including hazards and risk. Design risk assessment techniques and practical examples.
Recording the findings of the risk assessments and evaluating information required by other duty holders.
Project protocol and responsibility for the health and safety file. Ongoing design during construction phase and requirements for co-operation, co-ordination and communication.
You will be marked on your performance throughout the 2 day course which will include syndicate exercises, design hazard evaluations, design risk assessments, design option, health and safety file exercises and an exam at the end of day two which will be based on learning objectives for successful delegates to demonstrate they have acquired the knowledge necessary to meet the course requirements for the role of Principal Designer.
APS Membership – Successfully completing a Principal Designer Accredited training course will give a delegate a discounted rate for Associate membership by way of waving the application fee and offering a 50% discount on the full annual subscription – currently £184.00 so you will only pay £97.00.
Any delegate who fails the course assessment will receive a certificate of attendance.
Guidance on Regulations used on the course can be downloaded free here.