Strategy and Risk Management Consultants​

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Do you need a strategy?

A strategy is the definition of factors relevant to you, which, if planned and implemented successfully, will let you meet the final objective.

We do this all the time in our lives, but when one makes the conscious effort of making the overall decision, before planning the small stuff and tracking the results regularly, it is more likely that one will reach the goal.

Having a strategy is making that road-map and defining those key factors relevant to you which, if planned in details and implemented successfully, will let you meet the final objective or get closer to it.

Organisations are like families: they need that roadmap, a compass, and milestones to track mini goals before reaching the final objective.

Why have a strategy?

Strategic formulation means the identification and definition of those critical factors, leads and movements which the organisation will do or not do without committing to those mini-goals toward the target.

Strategic management means the management of this process, which will give confidence to the board of directors and stakeholders.

Investors in the strategy,  detailed plans and implementation will be able to measure actual yields against the desired outcome.

Because the future is unpredictable, the strategy may require review to ensure any external changes are factored in and the plan amended, as necessary.

As anticipated, this strategy addresses the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the duties of employers, self-employed, employees, controllers of premises of all industries and types of work, and manufacturers (of articles and substances for use at work) for:

  • Securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work
  • Protecting anyone else who may be affected by the works
  • Controlling the keeping and use of dangerous substances

Controlling noxious or offensive emissions into the atmosphere.

This strategy addresses the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and the duty-holders (CDM Client, Principal Designer and Designers, Principal Contractor and Contractors) to secure health and safety:

  • From construction design (design phase)
  • During construction management (construction phase)
  • During use, maintenance, and cleaning if resulting asset.

You will require this strategy when Building Information Modelling (BIM) is included within the project deliverables.

It involves the agreement of CDM dutyholders with the CDM Client organisation and the broader project team to ensure that design, design changes and significant design risk information are shared with the BIM Manager at the required intervals. It follows the PAS1192-6  specification.

This strategy addresses the requirements of the Management Regulations 1999 and the duties of employers, self-employed, and employees of all industries and types of work. It requires compliance with (among others):

  • Written health and safety policy
  • Risk management and prevention principles
  • Risk assessments and method statements

Competent health and safety advice.

This strategy involves the sync of your business mission, vision and objectives with health and safety legal requirements.

It sets a road map, timeline and KPIs for measuring performance towards your goal.

As you can imagine, this strategy requires the sync of your business strategy with the project purpose. It sets a road map, timeline and KPIs for measuring performance towards the design, construction and handover of the asset.

The early engagement of designers and contractors favours the design phase development and design reviews. 

The early engagements will impact positively in your project performance since it assists both the design and the construction teams in the monitoring of significant design risks.

It will make a difference from design to enable the construction of such structure to proceed more safely.

H&S risk & opportunities

Risks and constraints may introduce savvy opportunities for strategic health and safety solutions, including collaboration, elimination of risk, performance improvement, cost reduction and profitability.

Understanding the risks and constraints the business or the project face and whether we have a strategy to prevent or tackle the realisation of those risks, is a significant competitive advantage.

Such clarity and the subsequent strategic decisions will catch the eye of stakeholders, investors, and the industry in general.

Positioning the business as an industry leader is part of the gains of strategic management.

We have international experience and speak your language​.


The analysis of the “Integrated (H&S) Risks” allows for the identification of those significant and still high-risks and constraints that are common to more than one discipline or project.

Our team first assists you in discovering your objectives and any existing gaps before engineering the management of H&S.

Implementation of this standard helps to identify risks to prevent work-related injury and ill-health and to provide safe and healthy workplaces in any industry.  

Whether you hold an existing management system and want to improve it or whether you need a fresh start, we can guide you to tailor the process, procedures and templates to your business needs.

The management system should work for you rather than you for the system, so it is vital first to understand your needs and then outcomes targeted.

We will then assist you through the certification application and assessments.

Having a management system also favours bid competition and tendering.

We support you step by step to build a system. We will lead you to a systematic, independent, and documented processes and set of procedures allow for a clear way of doing things, by all team members.

It also enables for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled. It also favours bid competition and tendering.

We provide support with the use of British Standards related to new products, materials, services, tools, software, premises and equipment.

Management of the significant risks using global solutions helps to de-risk the project, and create an economy of scales throughout the supply chain, the project or the business.

We give you the boost your system requires to ensure the management of quality under this standard. 

This helps to continually monitor and manage quality across your business so you can identify areas for improvement.

We support your teams for the management of environmental aspects under this standard, which involves the consideration of multiple points of procurement, storage, distribution, product development.

in addition, we carry out the assessments in line with the HSE statement on mutual recognition between accreditation schemes:

“There are various schemes buyers (procurers) can ask suppliers to be accredited to. Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) is an organisation which enables mutual recognition (also known as the ‘deemed to satisfy’ provision) between health and safety assessment schemes, particularly within the construction industry.

SSIP member schemes apply core criteria approved by HSE. The core criteria describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety law, but they can also be applied to other kinds of business”.

Having a procurement scheme certificate also favours bid competition and tendering.

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Why the organisational capabilities?

We assist you with the arrangements to comply with CDM Reg 8.

The regulation requires that a designer (including a principal designer) or contractor (including a principal contractor) appointed to work on a project must have the skills, knowledge and experience.

And, if they are an organisation, the organisational capability, necessary to fulfil the role that they are appointed to undertake, in a manner that secures the health and safety of any person affected by the project.

Since the latest amendment of CDM Regulations in 2015, the roles of Client and the new Principal Designer require tight-grip management and taking accountabilities.

The project teams must work in sync to the extent that the actions or inactions of the one may significantly impact the other duty-holders, affecting the overall performance of Client and PD.

We have extensive experience in working with organisations and people who are prepared to change for the better and deliver the role diligently.

We assist you in the journey to compliance, from the strategy to the organisation’s mentoring, individual coaching and training, and monitoring of the resulting performance to enable you to have better visibility of the bigger picture.

We will support you through the development of a Design Phase (H&S) Plan. Though this is not a legal requirement under CDM, the Principal Designer must prepare a Design Phase Plan when the project follows the BIM standard.

It will set out and communicate how the organisation as Principal Designer plans, manages and monitors the pre-construction phase and coordinates matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase.

This plan is to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health or safety.

Likewise, we assist the CDM Client in making suitable arrangements for managing a project, including the allocation of sufficient time and other resources.

As CDM Client, you are scoped with the allocation of sufficient time, because the Client is in control of the overall resources and therefore retains a high degree of control over the project lifecycle.

The Client has a significant influence over the way a project is procured and managed.

Regardless of the size of the project, the Client has contractual control, engages designers and contractors, make appointments and determines the money, time and other resources available.

The CDM Client must lead CDM, and we will support your success.

We assist you during the application of corporate membership to the professional institutions like IOSH, APS or IISRM.

We assist you with the facilitation of group sessions where communication is ineffective. Restoring the channels and proposed changes is essential to resolve ongoing issues.

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Individual support

The PD and Client duties and success are intertwined and highly dependent on how capable architects, engineers and contractors are managing H&S risks within the designs and the works.

Meanwhile, our training and coaching schemes are tailored to work with an individual Directors and senior managers, to empower them, to feel more comfortable and confident in setting the directions of the role, while fulfilling the accountability requirements.

Since 2015, the roles of Principal Designer and CDM Client are demanding. The PD and the Client are not only responsible for their own.

We have experience in coaching staff who deliver the role of Principal Designers, Designers and CDM Clients in their duties and day to day milestones to comply.

If you have a multilingual team, we can also provide services in various languages or travel to meet and mentor your teams.

Principal designer In-house, online or abroad training

In-house, online or abroad

In this session, we provide you with comprehensive principles and guidelines to help you and your organisation with risk analysis and risk assessments. 

In this session, you will learn what your duties are, and what are the duties of the other members of the team. This training favours the management of expectations when attended by the five dutyholders within the project team.

Here you will learn about the legal requirement of mitigating risks “As Low As Reasonably Practicable” and how can you approach your H&S and CDM decisions.

In this session, we work with your HR team on the legal requirements for competence under H&S/CDM, and practical techniques for the HR toolkit.

To satisfy your duties as an employer, you must provide training and updates to your staff. Some companies prefer a weekly toolbox talk to address a range of topics faced at work. We can help you with a set of ten-minutes toolbox talks to assist you with this commitment.

You will learn not only legal requirements but also tips and hints for delivering the role with more efficiency. We will share our experience and examples to improve your learning.

This training is suitable for young or new Directors and senior managers, who want a better understanding of their duties under health and safety legislation.

In this session, we run you through a logical thought process. You will be able to apply this awareness and technique to any project when risk assessing.

This session is specifically for designers based outside Great Britain, who prepare or modify a design to be built in GB. 

Company culture implies the embracement of health and safety at work. We hold a set of one-pager visuals for your teams to focus the conversation before the meetings start. 

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Monitoring, review, auditing

We offer you full audit on H&S management systems and site health and safety arrangements as preventative assurance. 

We also support with auditing techniques during incident investigations.

As CDM Client, you are required to ensure that there are suitable arrangements for managing the project.

The arrangements usually take the form of site inspections, suppliers performance review and the achievement of regular performance KPIs. We will support you on this.