Making sense of CSM with CDM regulations

Next open course: March 17 2017


As someone involved in the design or implementation of infrastructure change projects for the UK infrastructure manager, Network Rail, you will already be familiar with the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations.

You also need to have an understanding of how Network Rail is required to manage engineering safety. The European Union Common Safety Method (CSM) on Risk Evaluation and Assessment Regulations 352/2009 and 402/2013 now provide a legal obligation and mandatory framework for the evaluation and assessment of risk associated with engineering, operational and organisational changes to the railway.

Course objective

This course will provide delegates with sufficient understanding of the CSM Regulations, the risk assessment framework and guidance on implementation to fulfil their obligations as someone contributing to, but not managing, the overall process. It will include a comparison with management of risks under the CDM Regulations, and advice on how to apply the two regulations together.

Target audience

Project Managers, Contractor’s Engineering Managers, Designers and others involved in design and construction of infrastructure for Network Rail.

Course structure

This is a one day course that will provides those involved in design and construction of infrastructure for Network Rail with a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework, their responsibilities and best practice.

The course covers:
•    Risk management terminology
•    Overview of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment
•    Differences between CSM and CDM
•    CSM tasks through the project lifecycle and relation to CDM tasks
•    Managing hazard records and differences from CDM
•    Independent assessment
•    Documentation requirements in comparison with CDM

The course is supported by a range of documents that will serve as valuable reference material for future use. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course delivery

The interactive course is delivered by experienced safety management practitioners, with lectures interspersed with practical exercises.

Both public and private courses are offered. The public course is scheduled to suit demand, and individual places can be booked by delegates. The private course is offered for a specific client and is typically delivered at their premises.
The course supports a maximum of 15 delegates.

To book or request further information

Please contact Julia Shipley, the Course Administrator, on +44 (0)1332 268728 or via email at

Also available:

Our ‘Common Safety Method on Risk Evaluation and Assessment’ courses provide a more detailed introduction to CSM and is an alternative option if you are likely to be managing the overall safety management process, or you are not involved with CDM.


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