The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are designed to put Health and Safety at the centre of construction work. Originally introduced in 1994, they were revised in 2007, and new Regulations came into effect on 6 April 2015. These are markedly different from CDM 2007.

Our CDM Seminar will give you a clear and full understanding of the Regulations and their implications for you as a Principal Designer, Designer, Client, or Principal Contractor. We will focus on those areas that are most relevant to your responsibilities.

Seminar Contents

The seminar is based on six short Power-Point Presentations and includes lots of space for questions and discussions. The presentations are:

  • Background and Introduction. Purpose of the CDM Regulations; three documents; Pre Construction Information, Construction Phase Plan and Health and Safety File. Schedule 3 of the Regulations.
  • The duty holders: HSE; Commercial Client; Domestic Client; Designer; Principal Designer; Principal Contractor; Contractor.
  • What is Construction? What is a Structure? Some recent clarifications from the HSE.
  • Information for Principal Designers: Principles of Prevention and Risk Assessments.
  • The Principal Designer on site: Legal and Moral Responsibility.
  • Beech Hill Safety: CDM Consultants; Principal Designers; Health and Safety Consultants.

Our experience shows that the presentation, questions and discussion take about ninety minutes. This can be combined with a lunch break!

What We Provide

We will provide you with a PDF copy of the presentation.

If you send us a list of participants’ names in advance we will provide attendance certificates for them.

After the seminar we will be happy to answer your questions on CDM or Health and Safety matters if you phone or email (within reason!).

In person or on-line presentation

Dr Thornhill will deliver the seminar in person at your premises depending on restrictions relating to COVID-19; please discuss this option with us. Or he can deliver the seminar using Google Meet.

We Have Delivered This Seminar To

The most useful CPD we’ve had in a couple of years:

Comments from participants

“Who knew CDM could be entertaining! A really great balance of stories / experience and fact, which made it very easy to understand the principles. Thank you.” – Pereen d’Avoine, Founding Director, Russian for Fish


“The CDM seminar conducted by Dr James Thornhill was well received by our surveyors. Health and Safety can usually be a boring subject but James kept the subject light hearted with interactive questions throughout. A lasting story about lone working really struck a chord with all that attended.” – Smithers Purslow


“Very thorough presentation and enthusiastically delivered” – Amy Glover, Pierre d’Avoine Architects


“James knows his subject inside out and the seminar was very useful and enlightening” – Dyer Grimes Architecture, London


Comments from Transformation Managers at OYO on three CDM Seminars June and July 2019: “Clear and concise … Good communication … Very informative ….To the point with relevant and interesting examples …Very precise information, what was more relevant just for us.”


“Covered a very broad topic in a good amount of time” –  Jason Huxtable, Head of Transformation UK, OYO


“Very engaging and easy to follow. The most useful CPD we’ve had in the last couple of years.”


“I liked the examples from your experience as CDM Consultant.”


“A great reminder of CDM Regulations and our responsibilities. Found it enlightening and interesting, and will certainly use it in my role to ensure we are doing the right thing at the right time.”


“Informative and highly educational whilst also remaining enjoyable” – Tom Gorringe, Architectural Assistant, Alexander Martin Architects, London


This was clear and useful. I expected a very dry presentation and it wasn’t! So thanks for that.” – Valeria Muten, Architect, Alexander Martin Architects, London


“Very informative, with applicable situational examples given rather than lots of information out of context. A topic which could very easily go over one’s head was presented enjoyably.” – Joshua Ayettey, Part 2 Architectural Assistant, Andrew Davison Architects, London


“Very informative with lots of varying analysis.” – Adam Hills, Architect, Andrew Davison Architects, London


“Very informative and thorough.” – Branislav Masanovic, Director, Andrew Davison Architects, London


“It was presented in an interesting and engaging way.” – Dan Washbourn, Director, Andrew Davison Architects, London


“Very relevant and clearly presented.” – Andrew Davison, Director, Andrew Davison Architects, London


“It was extensive and Proportionate” – Mario Soustel, Project Architect, MMM Architects, London


“Informative and interesting: I liked James’ enthusiastic approach and friendliness” – Barry Chippendale, Project Architect, MMM Architects, London


“Clear and informative – well structured – [James was] happy to take questions throughout” – Georgia Roberts, Architectural Assistant, MMM Architects, London


“I liked the case study examples and clear structure” – Isobel Blacklock, Project Architect, MMM Architects, London


“It was very informative, easy to understand, and not too lengthy, so attention was kept all the way through. Each stage was clear and relevant to our projects” – Sally Liptrot, director, MMM Architects, London

Our Role as CDM Consultants

We work as CDM Consultant for clients undertaking construction work, and for architects; designers; contractors; engineers and surveyors. We make sure that the requirements of CDM 2015 are met and that the relevant paperwork is produced and disseminated. We ensure that the process is relevant and proportionate. We do not produce lengthy documents containing generic and mainly irrelevant material. Instead, we pride ourselves on covering all the material but in a clear and concise fashion. Our CDM Seminar is based on 20 years’ experience of this work.

Our Fees

We offer two CPD seminars; Working with the CDM Regulations and Essential Site Safety for Architects, Designers and Engineers.

The fee for each is £200 but you may choose one seminar for free.

All invoices plus 20% VAT

Please contact us if you would like us to present one or both of these seminars for you.