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    HSE TARGETS PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS IN 2019/20

    New business plan puts health and Principal Designers in HSE spotlight

    The HSE Business Plan 2019/20 brings together the key actions to be taken by the regulator in 2019/2020, grouped under five themes:

    • Lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety;
    • Provide an effective regulatory framework;
    • Secure effective management and control of risk;
    • Reduce the likelihood of low frequency, high-impact catastrophic incident; and
    • Enable improvement through efficient and effective delivery.

    The themes of the plan are consistent with previous years with more context for the reader in terms of what HSE do and why.

    Inspection of PD service providers

    The proposed HSE actions in respect of the construction sector in order to “secure management and control of risk” are described as follows:

    “Our inspection activities will focus on:

    • Refurbishment Projects  – SMEs carrying out refurbishments;
    • Principal Designers – embedding the requirements of CDM 2015 through targeted inspections of duty holders providing Principal Designer services;
    • Lung Disease and MSDs – prevention  and control of occupational lung disease (especially asbestos and dust) and MSDs”
    Comment

    Those businesses appointed as the CDM 2015 Principal Designer are responsible for oversight of hazard avoidance and risk minimisation by all designers working on the project during the pre-construction phase.

    The HSE enforcement database shows that very few designers or PDs have been the focus of action by HSE. This looks about to change in 2019/20.

    In preparation for HSE inspections, Principal Designers will want to review how they are fulfilling their key responsibilities under CDM 2015.

    Our CDM 2015 Guidance and advice on the Principal Designer function may be useful in this respect.

     

     

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