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CDM Designers Risk Register
Posted by David Cant on August 12, 2009
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CDM Designer Risk Register for you (Free)

A CDM Designers Risk Register is to be regarded as a management tool for the identification and elimination/reduction of hazards and risks associated with the de project. The Designers Risk register can be used to create a single document where all significant design risks can be identified, collated, monitored and ultimately reduced as part of the design process. At the end of the design process, the register will provide an audit trail of design decisions.

All CDM designers are required to analyse their designs as they develop and identify any significant hazards associated with them. As significant hazards are identified they will be added to the risk register and the relevant actions taken to reduce or eliminate the associated risks will be recorded.

As each significant hazard is reduced to its lowest practicable level, the remaining hazard and any identified control measures will be logged and subsequently communicated to Contractors via the Pre-Construction Health and Safety Information and to the end user by the Health and Safety File.

Click here to request a Designers Risk Register template

CDM Designers Risk Register its Purpose and Approach

This process describes how H&S, and when appropriate environmental issues, are taken into account as an integral part of the design process for construction projects, so that:

where reasonably practicable, design measures are taken to avoid or eliminate identified risks details of significant residual risks are communicated at the appropriate time to those who need to know progress and outputs are monitored and reviewed compliance with the CDM Regulations can be demonstrated and is auditable

Below is how to use a Designers Risk Register

List the construction activities comprising the design package or project element.
Identify the hazards and associated harmful events for each activity, package or element.
Assess the identified risks (pre-design) – Assume no design mitigations or site controls are in place when assessing the risk.

The CDM designer must always look for opportunities to avoid or mitigate risks even when the risks are considered to be normal to the type of work. Many such risks still have a high associated incident/accident rate despite being ‘well known’

A simple qualitative assessment of High, Medium or Low is all that is needed. A H/H assessment indicates a very high priority for the design to be altered. At the other end of the scale a L/L result indicates a low priority for an alteration.

Health and Safety Design Assumptions.

Record any assumptions critical to the design risk control measures taken and outline the controls that others will need to implement to ensure safe working
Information/assumptions critical to safety must be recorded, eg requirements for stability before structure/installation is complete.

The data captured is more to show that the contractor has not been left with an impossible problem and that provision has been made for a safe system of work, than it is to tell the contractor what to do in detail.

In practice there may be instances where there is ‘no reasonably practicable’ design measure that can be adopted to avoid, or reduce an identified risk (if this is the case then this is noted in the CDM Design risk register). However, it is not permitted to pass on a risk that cannot be controlled by site/implementation measures during construction or subsequent cleaning or maintenance etc.

Significant Residual Risk

Review risks (post design) and identify ‘significant residual risks’ for communication to those who need to know.

The significance of a residual risk depends on whether it is reasonable to assume that a competent contractor would expect to encounter the hazard. Eg ‘work at height’ is likely to stay a high ‘severity’ risk but will not necessarily need to be highlighted in the Plan. On the other hand a risk that has a low likelihood/severity will still need to be communicated if the contractor is likely to be unaware of it, such as when the risk is site- or project-specific or the risk is likely to be difficult to manage in practice.

If a risk has been reduced to as low a level as reasonably practicable and the residual risk is not significant then the risk can be closed-out in the risk register.

Residual risks may also be highlighted in the register in order to signify their status and highlight those requiring particular attention by contractors. For example, a residual risk that is ‘significant’ (ie unusal, unexpected, adbnormal or difficult) but which can nevertheless be controlled on site by standard best practice, such as method statements, permits etc is highlighted as Blue.

A significant residual risk that will require particular attention over and above standard best practice is highlighted in say red. ‘Non-significant’ risks should not be highlighted, eg in say green, because to do so might imply that no site controls etc are required. This may not necessarily be the case if the risk, such as ‘work at height’, although usual and expected is still a major hazard requiring proper site controls.

Note – Do not rely upon measures that will be taken on site to control hazards, always seek to alter the design.

CDM Designers Competence

It is assumed that all CDM Designers are familiar with:

  • their duties under the CDM Regulations
  • the principles of design risk assessment/management
  • relevant construction/maintenance processes and associated H&S risks

Click here to request a Designers Risk Register template

For a CDM Designers Risk Register Template please contact us

About 

David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a brain you can pick. Fluent in practical advice. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the Director of life at Veritas Consulting.

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45 Comments

  1. Carolann Dorman
    October 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Can you please provide me with the CDM Designers Risk Register Template.

    Thank you

    Carolann Dorman
    Project HSE Manager
    Subocean Group Limited

  2. November 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    could you kindly provide me with the CDM Designers Risk Register Template.

    Thanks
    Paris Chrysos
    Director
    MDA Management Consultants Ltd
    Middle East & Cyprus

  3. Gerard Rawlins
    December 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Could you kindly provide me with a Risk Register Template.
    Thank you.

    Gerard Rawlins
    HSSE Manager
    South M Construction Services Ltd
    Trinidad, West Indies.

  4. December 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Could you please provide me with a Designers Risk Register template please.

    Kind Regards
    Gareth

  5. January 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    could you please provide me with a Risk Register Template.

    Thank you
    Alan Hudson
    CDM Co-Ordinator
    Hudson Health & Safety Services

  6. Karl Sollis
    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Could you please send a Designer Risk Assessment Template?

  7. anil makwana
    February 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    could you supply me with a CDM Designers Risk Register Template ?

    thanks

  8. March 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Could you please supply me with a CDM Designers Risk Assessment template.

    Many Thanks.

    • safetymatters
      March 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      email on its way….

  9. jenna price
    March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Can you please provide me with the CDM Designers Risk Register Template

    needed for university research

    thankyou

    • safetymatters
      March 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      email on its way…

  10. Ashley
    March 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Could you please provide me with a CDM risk register template?

    Many thanks
    Ashley

    • safetymatters
      March 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      check you inbox…

  11. Mo Akhmed
    March 22, 2011 at 11:16 am

    could you please email me a designers risk assesment template please.

    thanks

    Mo

    • safetymatters
      March 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

      please check your email

  12. April 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Could you please provide me with a CDM risk register template?

    thank you,
    Toby Oxborrow

    • safetymatters
      April 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

      template sent to your email address

  13. April 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Could you please provide me with a CDM risk register template?

    thank you,
    Toby Oxborrow

  14. Paul Black
    April 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Could you please provide me with a CDM risk register template?

    Thank you,

    Paul Black

  15. LEON SCHOFIELD
    May 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Can you please forward me a risk register template, thank you.

    • safetymatters
      May 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

      please check you email

  16. Martin Devey
    July 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Can you please forward me a CDM risk register template, thank you

  17. July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Would it be possible to obtain a copy of the CDM designers risk register template

  18. July 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Can you please forward me a CDM risk register template, thank you

  19. Kevin Powell
    August 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Can you please forward me a CDM risk register template, thanks

  20. Julie Connachie
    August 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Would you kindly forward a CDM risk register template

  21. Darren Smith
    September 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Could you please provide me with a CDM Designer Risk Register
    Thanks

  22. AMiller
    September 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Would it be possible to obtain a copy of the CDM designers risk register template, thanks

  23. Ray Smith
    September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Can you please send me the CDM Designers Risk Register Template
    Thank you

  24. October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    could you please provide me with the CDM Designer’s Risk Register Template?

    Thanks

  25. Jon Davies
    October 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Can you please provide me with the CDM Designers Risk Register Template.

    Thank you

  26. Joshua Cottingham
    October 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    could you please provide me with the CDM Risk Register Template

  27. Paul Bailey
    October 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    could you please provide me with the CDM Designer’s Risk Register Template?

  28. Paul O'Sullivan
    November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Could you please provide me with a Designers risk template please

  29. November 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Could you please provide me with the CDM Designer’s Risk Register Template?

    Thank You

    EcoVilliage Project

  30. Iain Paterson
    November 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Could you please provide me with the CDM Designers risk registered template? Thank you.

  31. Paul Cunningham
    January 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Please can you forward a copy of the DRA please.

  32. Paul Cunningham
    January 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Please can you forward a copy of the DRA.

    Kind Regards

    Paul Cunningham

  33. January 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Could you please provide me with the CDM Designers risk registered template? Thank you.

    Regards

    Mike

  34. January 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Very helpfull. Many thanks.

  35. Eamon Fox
    February 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Could you please provide me with the CDM Designer’s Risk Register Template?.

  36. July 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Please could you provide me with a Designer Risk Assessment Template?

    Many thanks

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