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CDM - The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) - An Introduction to the Role of the Principal Designer

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Garfield House
86 Edgware Road
W2 2EAGarfield Hous86 Edgware Ro
W2 2EA

10 December 2019

Other available dates:

26 March 2020

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CDM 2015 creates 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. A significant part of the course is intended to increase awareness and understanding of how construction risks can be mitigated through design and exchange of information.

This event provides an introduction to this new role and is aimed at designers, clients, contractors and/or individuals who may take on the pre-construction phase coordination role for the first time, or simply want to understand the PD function for small to medium size projects.  It is not aimed at former CDM-Cs.   The course will be delivered by an HSE Principal Inspector with over 30 years' experience. It will include:

  • An introduction and overview to CDM 2015 and the duties of the Principal Designer
  • 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
  • The Principal Designer's role in ensuring designers comply with their duties
  • Exploring through case study and 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 and liaison with the PD
  • 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 pre-construction phase can help to eliminate or reduce risks during the construction and life of the structure
  • As PDs, 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 individuals and employees of organisations who meet the definition of designer and could be appointed as PD, and those who want to understand the duties of a PD as defined in CDM 2015.

This course is intended to provide an introduction and overview only to this new role and help delegates understand the actions that need to be taken to discharge the Principal Designer's duties. It is not aimed at those involved in major projects or designed to establish or evaluate competence.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Rsearch Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £545 per person (includes course notes, certificate of attendance and lunch/refreshments).

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For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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HSE Training and Events
The HSE Science and Research Centre
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)203 028 3704