CDM Regulations 2015: Fundamentals

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The Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 impose duties on all parties involved in any Construction work from the multi-million pound project down to the smallest in-house repair. Learn how these regulations affect you and your organisation, what impact they have from an operational viewpoint, and the legal duties of clients, contractors and designers. 

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Please note:

At present, this training is scheduled to take place in central London as a face to face course starting from October 2020. That said, we are continually reviewing the latest social distancing measures as outlined by the UK government. In the event that it becomes necessary for us to deliver this course online, we will inform delegates by email at least 2 weeks in advance. Click here to view online dates.

In 2015, the CDM regulations were substantially changed from the previous 2007 version. The regulations aim to reduce deaths, injuries and ill-health by ensuring those involved in construction work as clients, designers and contractors manage risks from start to finish, ensure everyone involved is competent, and improve co-ordination and communication.

As such, whatever your role in construction, an understanding of the CDM regulations is essential to maintain high standards of health and safety in the industry and to avoid the legal consequences of failure to comply. This course will define the duties created by the regulations and who must carry them out.

The trainer will also help you to identify the implications for your organisation, and will give you the opportunity to discuss practical techniques to meet the duties and requirements of the regulations. By the end of the day, you will have a strong understanding of this health and safety legislation, how it affects you, and what can be done to meet the requirements. A further benefit is that organisations who comply fully are more efficient and therefore can be more profitable.


This course has been specifically designed for construction professionals who must understand health and safety legislation requirements in relation to contractors and construction work.

It will also benefit any director, manager or supervisor of organisations that have to undertake the responsibilities of clients, designers, specifiers, planners, contractors or sub-contractors.



By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify when and where the CDM regulations apply
  • Identify the duty-holders under the CDM regulations
  • Define the duties imposed on each duty-holder
  • Assess the impact these duties have on you and your company’s operation
  • Identify practical techniques to meet relevant client, contractor and designer duties and requirements


This course will cover:

  • The overall general health and safety legal framework for construction work
  • The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015
  • The duties of Clients of Construction work
  • The duties of designers and principal designers
  • The duties of contractors and principal contractors


Terry ap Hywel

Terry is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and a Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH). He was Chairman of the Construction Division of IOSH during the consultation stage of CDM 1994 and co‑ordinated the Construction Division’s response to the proposed regulations as well as being involved with the preparation of the Guidance.

His career began with twelve years in construction design, management and engineering. This was followed by 40 years’ experience in health and safety, 35 years of which he has been engaged as a consultant by a variety of organisations. He has written and contributed to various publications including a textbook giving practical CDM guidance.

Terry has assisted a number of national and international organisations to set up and implement systems for the management of contractors. He was also involved in the selection of the contractor to design and build the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.


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