CDM and the Role of the Principal Designer
86 Edgware Road
06 December 2023
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM
2015) set out legal requirements for those involved in
construction projects, from concept to completion.
The principal designer (PD) is a key role in CDM 2015. They must
plan, manage and monitor health and safety in the pre-construction
(design) phase of a project. They must also co-ordinate the work of
all the design functions and disciplines in the project team,
ensuring that designers take proper account of the principles of
prevention and any pre-construction information when preparing or
modifying a design. Decisions taken at this point can significantly
influence whether a project is delivered in a way that secures
health and safety and meets the client's brief.
Delegates will be provided with information that will help them
- Have an overview of CDM 2015 and where the PD role fits within
- Understand pre-construction information (PCI) requirements and
the PD's role regarding it
- Ensure design work in the pre-construction phase contributes to
positive outcomes though knowledge and application of the
principles of prevention to foreseeable health and safety
- Understand the arrangements required by the PD to plan, manage,
monitor and coordinate the pre-construction phase with a focus on
the flow of health and safety information
- Prepare and handover the health and safety file
- Understand the general CDM duties applicable to everyone on the
project regarding appointments, cooperation, reporting and the
provision of information
- Understand the associated skills, knowledge, experience and
organisational capabilities required to deliver the PD role and the
challenges different contracts / project types may bring
What the course will cover
This course is designed to help delegates understand the
role of the PD and the duties they are required to fulfil. It
utilises the findings from recently published (2023) independent
research commissioned by HSE, which give a comprehensive and
up-to-date insight into how the PD role is working in practice.
Who should attend?
This course is for those classified as 'designers' under CDM
2015 and could be appointed as PD, or those who need an
understanding of the duties of a PD as part of another role.
Delegates who have previously attended training from HSE on the
role of the PD may chose to attend as a refresher or update.
ETC Venues Marble Arch
86 Edgware Road
£545 per person.
This includes course notes, a continental
breakfast on arrival, refreshments throughout the day (including
coffee, tea, pastries, biscuits and snacks) and a hot restaurant
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
Some of our training courses can also be delivered
in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704
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