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CDM Regulations 2015 Design Risk Assessment (DRA) Training

Course Introduction

Designers (architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineers or other building services engineers, etc.) involved on a construction project including building or structure etc) have legal duties in the majority of developed and developing countries.

In the UK, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regulations) stipulate these duties. For example, in European Directive 92/57/EEC and, in Australia, section 22 (Part 2, Division 3) of Work Health and Safety (WHS) 2011, cover similar duties on designers.

One of the main duties for designers is to eliminate, reduce or control health and safety related risks to persons during construction phase and post construction phase. For elimination, reduction and control of the design risks, various guidance and codes of practice etc. usually recommend carrying out Designer Risk Assessment or DRA. However, no specific guidance or information is readily available on how to identify risks (or hazards) in any design (architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical etc.).

Based on our extensive experience in the construction industry, we at Safescope have developed a bespoke and easy to understand step-by-step process to assist designers in identifying design risks in a systematic and methodical manner.

Designers sometimes also struggle with how to prepare and present the design risk information (usually referred to as Design Risk Assessment (DRA)) in an effective, precise, and site-specific manner. Disappointingly, most of the DRAs we receive for construction projects tend to be generic, vague, and not conveying meaningful information.

This unique training course has been designed to equip designers with hands-on methods of identifying the health and safety related risks in their designs and how to prepare effective Design Risk Assessments (DRAs) for their projects. The training also includes a hands-on tutorial for designers on risk identification process on a typical construction project. It is recommended that you send us a couple of your own design projects that could be used for the purposes of this tutorial to make this course specific to your own design discipline and specific to your staff training needs.

This course is personally designed by our founding director, Dr. Khalid Bhutto, and reflects his extensive knowledge and expertise in the subject matter.

Please note that for this training course good prior knowledge and understanding of the application of CDM Regulations, duty holder requirements and particularly the designer duties is essential. Alternatively, a full day option should be selected, where the first half of the training will cover the understanding and application of CDM Regulations and duty holder (particularly the designer duties) requirements.

Find out more about the Designer CDM Duties.

CDM DRA Training London

Course Aims

This training course aims to provide designers with in‐depth understanding of health and safety risks in a construction project design, risk identification, assessment, and presentation of risks information.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are as follows:

  • To explain the need for health and safety considerations in a construction project design.
  • To introduce “Construction Risks Identification Process” in a systematic manner.
  • To provide a practical hands-on project specific experience of identifying and assessing design health and safety risks.
  • To present the method of preparing and presenting design risk information.

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course the attending designers will be able to:

  • Understand the context of design health and safety requirements.
  • Identify design health and safety risks in a typical standard construction project.
  • Know where to look for further information for design health and safety risks in a complex construction project.
  • Prepare and provide design risks in a Design Risk Assessment (DRA) template (or using any alternative method) in an effective and meaningful manner.

DRA Training by Dr. Khalid Bhutto

Dr. Khalid Bhutto - delivering Designer Risk Assessment (DRA) Training

Course Outline

The course contents are as follows:

  • Introductions
  • Purpose of the training course, objectives, and outcomes
  • Design Safety
  • Introduction to CDM Regulations (Purpose of CDM for Designer)
  • CDM Dutyholders
  • Summary of relevant CDM Designer Duties
  • Building Regulations vs CDM Regulations (for Designers)
  • Difference between Hazard and Risk
  • Spot the Risks (Scenario)
  • Factors Affecting Individual Designer Risk Identification Level
  • Design Risks Identification
    • Risks Identification Process (AVF)
      • Existing site conditions
      • Construction phase
      • Post completion phase
    • ERSSI (Eliminate, Reduce, Specify, Segregate, and Inform)
    • Assessment of Risk and Control Measures
    • Designer Duties Framework
    • Principle Categories of Construction Project Risks
    • Typical Design Risks
  • Designer Risk Assessments (DRAs)
    • Definition, Concept, Purpose
    • Template and Examples
    • Legal considerations
      • Pre‐construction Information
      • General Principles of Prevention
      • Particular Risks
      • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
    • Construction work stages for DRA
    • Process of a DRA
    • Essentials of an effective DRA
    • What not to include in a DRA
    • Alternatives to a DRA
  • Designer Risk Identification Hands-on Tutorial
  • Guidance
  • Course Assessment / Quiz
  • Conclusion and Discussion

Couse Details

Course Title: CDM Design Risk Identification and Assessment (DRA) Training

Course Duration: 1/2 Day or Full Day (dependent on prior CDM Regulations and CDM Designer duties knowledge of participants)

Delivery Method (Option 1):   Classroom  Online (by MS Teams or Zoom)

Delivery Method (Option 2):   Classroom  at Client premises or our office at Little Copdock House, Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, IP8 3JW

Venue (Option 1):    Online (by MS Teams or Zoom)

Venue (Option 2):    Client premises or our office at Little Copdock House, Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3JW

Cost (Option 1 - Online (by MS Teams or Zoom):  1/2 Day Course - £600 + VAT, Full day Course - £975 + VAT

Cost (Option 2 - In-house / In-company Course):  1/2 Day Course - £795 + VAT, Full day Course - £1,175 + VAT

Cost Discount: 5% discount for Safescope current annual retainer Clients

Maximum Class Size:  12 attendees (6 maximum at our office premises)

Geographical Coverage (Option 1):   Through out the UK and International

Geographical Coverage (Option 2):   London, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk (for other areas outside the geographical coverage (as mentioned), please contact us for a specific quotation).

Weekend Training:   Subject to staff availability, we may be able to deliver this training on Saturdays, however, a 50% premium will apply

Delivery Method:   Classroom

Course Assessment:   Written Assessment or Quiz

Certificate:   Certificate of Training

Certificate Validity:  3 Years Recommended

Trainer:   Safescope in-house qualified and competent trainers. Important to note that we do not use any external training consultants

Contact Details

How to Book:   For booking this course or for any further information please contact us as follows:

CDM Principal Designer Contact Lindsey Heffer Safescope
Business Manager

T:  01473 407020
M: 07443 789226   LBrown@safescope.com
Dr. Khalid Bhutto - Safescope DR. KHALID BHUTTO
T:  01473 407020
M: 07818 288122   KBhutto@safescope.com