As a Health and Safety Consultant I have been visiting construction sites and writing inspection reports for nearly twenty years. Sometimes there are difficult or particular issues that relate only to a particular project (like an unexploded bomb in the foundations!) but 95% of problems on sites are pretty much the same, for each site, and across companies.

Poor health and safety on a site is more likely to lead to accidents, which can cause injuries, cost money, and cause delays. Furthermore there can be reputational damage to all concerned. It is in everyone’s interest to ensure that sites are safe and not damaging health. The process engineer and H&S expert Prof Trevor Kletz was fond of saying, “If you think safety is expensive, try an accident.”

Architects, engineers and designers are not usually responsible for managing Health and Safety on site, but you do have an investment in the project, and your names are associated with it. This applies particularly if you are the Principal Designer. The Client may be expecting you to keep an eye on problems that could delay or impact negatively on the project, and to protect their reputation. As professionals you do have a responsibility to contribute to the safe management of risk on site.

If you are visiting sites, and you see things that are not, or may not be safe, what should you do? This seminar will alert you to the key Health and Safety issues you should be aware of, help you to see the hazards on site, and give advice on what you should do to improve risk control and protect your professional reputation.

Seminar contents

This seminar will tell you, in about 90 minutes, what the recurrent problems on sites are, what your responsibilities are, and what you should do about it. Using a screen presentation with lots of pictures we will cover eleven topics:

  1. working at height
  2. scaffolds and scaffold towers

  3. ladders
  4. excavations and staircases

  5. welfare
  6. housekeeping
  7. substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
  8. fire (ignition and fuel)
  9. fire (escape routes and control measures)
  10. electricity
  11. signs.

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 this using Google Meet.

Comments from Participants

“Very informative: Excellent” – John Dyer-Grimes, Director

“The explanations were very clear and interesting. I surely learned something new.” – Deborah Giunta, Architect

“Excellently paced, highly informative, brilliantly presented.” – Michael Gwynn, Senior Associate, Dyer Grimes Architects

“Concise, to the point, arguments / points supported by examples (site photos)” – Jakub Skalimowski, Project Architect

“Simple, concise and the photos made it easy to understand” – Nichole, Project Manager, Franklin Project Management

“Specific on the info that was needed” – Peter Couper, Peter Couper Architects

Interractive and project-related topics discussed. Broader discussions were welcome and advice was given; clear and targeted the key points to be aware of on or before entering site; I liked the site photos and stories highlighting each issue and the holistic approach connecting all of the issues; Good structure and clarity”

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.