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CDM 2015 - Back to Basics Next on 15th November

Half day workshop by IIRSM

Book your place on our half day workshop, looking back at the changes to the regulations and providing a refresher on key themes and responsibilities.

The workshop will be run by Nick Bell FIIRSM who writes and delivers accredited training for on the subject of CDM. Delegates will receive a recap on the regulations, including an update on basic legal duties and design risk management principles.


  • £99 + VAT (IIRSM members)
  • £125 + VAT (non members)

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who requires a recap on the regulations and wishes to understand:
  • The purpose of CDM and the legal context
  • A glossary of important terms
  • Who is who in construction
  • Selecting designers and contractors
  • The flow of information – who needs what and when?
  • Understanding the client role
  • The new principal designer role – what do they do?
  • Design risk management


  • 8.30-9.00 Registration
  • 9.00-9.10 Introduction and overview
  • 9.10-9.30 Case Study 1: Cable strike
  • 9.30-9.40 Definitions
  • 9.40-9.45 Sources of information
  • 9.45-9.50 Simple background to CDM 2015
  • 9.50-10.00 Prosecutions/enforcement under 2015

New sentencing guidelines

  • 10.00-10.05 The principal designer & principal contractor
  • 10.05-10.15 Case study 2: The role of PD
  • 10.15-10.33 ‘Animation’ to show relationship between the different parties & summarise duties when there is more than one contractor
  • 10.33-10.35 Simple example to explain that one entity can hold more than one role
  • 10.35-10.50 Break/networking
  • 10.50-11.00 Duties on everyone, incl. skills, knowledge, experience, training
  • 11.00-11.05 The client: Brief recap of duties discussed so far
  • 11.05-11.15 Interactive case study: Explaining ‘suitable arrangements’, pre-construction information and the construction phase plan
  • 11.15-11.25 Welfare – responsibilities and requirements
  • 11.25-11.30 Notification and examples
  • 11.30-11.40 Who should be the principal designer – case studies
  • 11.40-11.50 Designer duties: Design risk management.


  • 11.50-12.00 The principal contractor
  • 12.00-12.10 Contractor
  • 12.10-12.20 The health and safety file – overview, responsibilities and contents
  • 12.20-12.30 Q&A

Speaker - Nick Bell FIIRSM

Nick previously worked as CDM Co-ordinator within an architectural practice and then as Construction Safety Manager for a large University in the South West. He served on the Wales branch of the Association for Project Safety and his articles on the duties of construction clients have been published in various professional magazines. When CDM 2015 was coming into force, Nick worked with IIRSM to develop and deliver CPD events across the UK receiving great feedback from delegates. He has written and delivers accredited training for Principal Designers and for Construction clients, and has delivered courses to well over 400 delegates. Realising that clients were struggling to apply CDM 2015 to smaller projects he wrote and published “Construction Health and Safety in the Weird and Wonderful World of Facilities Management”. Nick has been self-employed for 2.5 years and, amongst other things, is currently supporting two Universities in managing their duties as construction clients.

When he is not up to his neck in CDM, Nick is completing a PhD in which he is investigating the association between worker engagement and health and safety behaviour. This builds on a recent Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety and his initial training and work in the field of Psychology.

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