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SAFETY THROUGH DESIGN AUSTRALIAN STYLE

designersFree ebook on ‘safe design in practice’ for down under designers

Safe Design Australia (SDA) has published a free eBook which provides:

“information to assist designers in meeting their safe design obligations at each stage of the design process from pre design to design completion, and ways in which designers can demonstrate that they meet their safe design duties”

The eBook Guide includes methods of consultation, safe design workshops and provision of information including safe design reports.

SDA comprises a team health and safety consultants and risk managers operating throughout Australia to help designers meet their work health and safety legal duties.

Many consultants have a background in architecture and design, and “understand that good design is important”.

SDA believe that safe design can be achieved without compromising the design intent.

Revised UK designer responsibilities awaited

In the UK we are awaiting publication of draft regulations to replace the CDM Regulations 2007.  

HSE is proposing that current CDM 2007 Coordinator duties will become the responsibility of architect practices or other designers appointed to the statutory role of ‘Principal Designer’ (PD) placing the ‘design community’ at the heart of project safety.

The CDM Regulations 2015 will be based on a the PD duty to “plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the pre-construction phase” of a project. This wide-ranging  responsibility appears to include both ‘design’ and other ‘preparatory’ work embracing a ‘management’ role beyond the current CDMC function.

Architects and other designers taking on the PD role will need to review their preparedness for the new duties.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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