Construction Design Management - Training Course Options Explained
With only a year to go until the UK 2012 Olympics the race to complete the construction of the Olympic village is heating up! While the sprint to the finish looms ever closer, health and safety is still No 1, demonstrated by the HSE focus on the application of CDM on the Olympic site.
The CDM regulations or Construction Design and Management regulations 2007 were put in place to regulate the various aspects of the construction process from the initial design and consultation phase through to managing the construction process itself.
The aim of the CDM regulations is to safeguard health and safety by keeping the appropriate people well informed of the risks and how to avoid them, keeping workers actively invested in their role as protectors of their own and others health and safety and by encouraging co-operation between levels and across different parts of the project to maintain a safe working environment.
So if you are looking for some CDM Training
to ensure that you meet these regulations, which training course option is the best for you?
Out of the three types of CDM Training
course available those acting or looking to train as CDM coordinators often opt for the 3 day course. With more time to include additional detail than the one day introduction course, the three day course covers topics such as legislation including: The Building regulations 2007, Management of Heath and Safety at Work regulations 1999, and The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Typically a coordinator course would also cover areas such as the history of CDM regulations, key construction disasters and what we can learn from them, how to assess if the CDM regulations are being met, duties and responsibilities, risk assessment and avoidance, dealing with difficult colleagues, negotiation, good communication, and how to promote your health and safety plan.
In addition to the CDM training
for coordinators, there are also a number of one day introductory courses. The introductory courses are aimed at those involved in construction, but not holding the final responsibility for meeting the CDM regs. They provide an overview of what the CDM regs are, the benefits of keeping to them and how employees can assist the CDM coordinator in their role. They also include how to encourage compliance from others working on construction sites, risk prevention guidelines, how to select and monitor contractors, what sort of information is needed before the construction begins and promotion of good communication skills.
An additional type of CDM training
includes the specialised CDM courses. Some trainers can tailor the CDM training to a specific audience such as contractors, sub constrictors or those concerned with the legal framework. These courses can often be run in house or at the customer’s site, negating the need to travel to a trainer venue.
While many of the shorter CDM training
courses tend to be in-house courses, it is possible to complete an accredited course that provides three credits towards APS or Association for Project Safety (APS) membership.