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APS National CDM awards are now open for entries 

Judged by leading industry figures and APS, the National CDM awards showcase innovation and exemplary practice in design and construction health and safety risk management and highlight how this can cut the number of workers who lose their lives, suffer life-changing injuries or are affected by long term health problems.

The awards ceremony will take place on the Wednesday 12 September at the Stoller Hall in Manchester. We welcome submissions from individuals and project teams from any background, no matter how big or small the company. Submissions should relate to work primarily carried out during 2017, or for an example of organisational change where the majority of effort or impact took place in the calendar year 2017.

Key dates 

Deadline date:                                     Friday 4 June 2018

Shortlisting                                           July 2018

Awards Ceremony:                             Wednesday 12 September 2018 at the Stoller Hall in Manchester

Could you be our next award winner?

Entries into our 11th annual National CDM and Student Designer Awards are officially open and we’re calling for your entries.

In the wake of Grenfell, and with Brexit around the corner, there has never been a better time to make a positive contribution to the construction health and safety industry. The APS awards are about celebrating inspirational good practice in construction health and safety, as well as providing others with a benchmark of excellence for others to work towards. Applying to the APS awards provides a rare opportunity for applicants to demonstrate the exceptional work they have done over the past year, and to act as a beacon of professionalism, helping to drive up standards across the industry.

You don’t need to be a Member of APS to take part, we welcome entries from across the sector, no matter how large or small the business.

All we ask is that you put your best work forward for consideration, to be in with a chance of being named an award winner – it’s an accolade and a unique opportunity not to be missed.

Entry into the awards is now open and submissions are totally free-of-charge.  

Choose your category and enter

Please click on the coloured box that shows the category you'd like to enter and download your form. If you experience any issues, please request an email copy from Laura Hardie - laura@aps.org.uk

Category: Health safety and wellbeing

This award recognises initiatives that have successfully advanced health, safety or wellbeing standards. Entries are welcome from across the construction health and safety sector and the focus of interest can be at any scale. For example, the initiative could be at the level of project, organisation or theme. Judges are looking for work that illustrates creative and effective approaches to raising standards. Applicants must be able to show how the initiative’s impact has been measured.

Category: CDM consultant of the year

A competent consultant provides technically accurate, clear and proportionate support services to construction duty holders.  Consultants can improve health and safety outcomes associated with all phases of projects (pre-construction, construction, maintenance & use, demolition) and their input might be associated with management arrangements, specific technical or design risk challenges or performance monitoring. For this award, judges are looking for work that showcases the best in support services.

Category: Client of the year

This award requires a construction client that has shown transparent and unswerving leadership and commitment to the control of construction health and safety risk management on several projects. This will include good project briefs, ensuring the provision of timely pre construction Information throughout the project, timely appointments of designers and contractors, due consideration being given to start on site and the welfare required and a sensible approach to the requirements of health and safety Files.  A realistic approach to the money, time and other resources is expected.  Submissions from third parties are encouraged but must include endorsement from the client themselves.

Category: Designer of the year

The “principles of prevention” should be at the heart of good design practice.  As far as reasonably practicable, designers eliminate, reduce or control risks associated with the construction, maintenance and use of their designs – this includes taking an effective and proportionate approach to sharing information about residual risk with others.  For this award, judges are looking for examples of design decisions (at any scale) that showcase the range of creative, technical, communication and process skills associated with addressing health and safety alongside other factors influencing design (such as aesthetics, cost, environment etc.). 

Category: Digital innovation award

Digital technology has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry, encompassing innovations and advancements in areas such as BIM and Big Data etc.  The digital innovation award recognises applicants whose projects or initiatives have embraced modern technologies to drive improvements in health and safety performance. Judges are looking for digital innovations that enhance health and safety performance associated with design, planning or implementation (or any combination of these elements), at any level, including individual projects and multi-project initiatives.


Category: Principal designer of the year

An effective principal designer plans, manages, coordinates and monitors health and safety issues in the pre-construction phase.  For this award, judges are looking for a project that showcases proportionate and effective design risk management (taking into account buildability, maintainability and usability issues) and the effective engagement of all relevant parties.