CDM 2015 Training: the role of the Principal Designer – London, 7 July 2015

Date and location

7 July 2015, ETC Venues Paddington, 57 North Wharf Road, Paddington Basin, London W2 1LA

Event overview

CDM 2015 introduces a new role of the Principal Designer (PD) – a designer or design organisation appointed from the existing project team with duties to plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase.

This event is designed to provide an introduction to this new role and will be delivered by an ex-HSE Principal Construction Inspector with over 20 years’ experience. It will include:

  • An introduction to CDM 2015 and the duties of the Principal Designer to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the pre-construction phase, ensuring designers comply with their duties to deal with design risks appropriately
  • The role of the construction client
  • The Principal Designer’s role in supporting the client
  • Obtaining and using pre-construction information
  • Appointment of designers and contractors
  • Exploring through case study discussion the key health and safety risks construction workers can face during construction and maintenance
  • Coordinating the flow of health and safety information
  • The role of the Principal Contractor
  • Preparing the health and safety file

By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Understand the changes introduced by CDM 2015, the policy objectives behind them, and how the Regulations enable proportionate compliance dependent on project complexity
  • Know the role and duties of the Client, Principal Designer, designers, Principal Contractor, and contractors and the relationships and interfaces with the Principal Designer
  • Know the key health and safety risks faced by construction workers and those maintaining a structure
  • Understand the importance of pre-construction information, its limitations and the need for interpretation and further investigation in some circumstances
  • Understand the importance of achieving the effective communication of and use of design information
  • Understand how effective management, coordination and monitoring during the preconstruction phase can help to eliminate or reduce risks during the construction and life of the structure
  • As Principal Designers, be better placed to make decisions on the relevancy of pre-construction and design information they should provide to PCs for construction phase health safety plans, and relevant information for health and safety files

Who should attend?

This training is aimed at designers who could take on the duties of a Principal Designer as defined in CDM 2015.

This course is intended to provide an introduction to this new role and help delegates understand the actions they need to take to discharge the Principal Designer’s duties. It is aimed at those with existing skills, knowledge and experience in planning and design to help develop further knowledge and ability to effectively deliver the role. It is not designed to establish or evaluate competence.

Information and booking

A full programme and online booking form can be found on the HSL/HSE CDM 2015 Training event page. Alternatively, you can email HSL Training or call 01298 218806.

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