The CDM 2015 Regulations, effective from 6th April 2015, require the appointment of a Principal Designer to projects involving more than one contractor. The Principal Designer is an organisation (or on smaller projects an individual) that has:
- a technical knowledge of the construction industry relevant to the project;
- the understanding and skills to manage and coordinate the pre-construction phase, including any design work carried out after construction begins.
- Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. This includes:
- identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks;
- ensuring designers carry out their duties;
- Prepare and provide relevant information to other dutyholders;
- Liaise with the Principal Contractor to help in the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of the construction phase.
As experts in project safety, at QSC we provide consultancy to Principal Designers, assisting at the pre-construction phase to identify risks. We also assist with risk assessment for the construction phase and help designers co-ordinate and communicate the safety considerations of the project to other dutyholders.
For more information, please get in touch by contacting QSC here