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    IMPROVING CDM DESIGNER HAZARD AWARENESS

    Research explores power of “multi-media digital tool” for design hazards

    IOSH has published the findings of a research study aimed to improve how designers involved in construction projects learn about how their design influences health and safety risks during construction, maintenance, cleaning and use of structures once the design is implemented.

    The research method involved the development of a “multi-media digital tool” for educating designers on typical design-related hazards. Designers are required by CDM 2015 to avoid hazards and reduce risk during the design process.

    Multimedia digital tool more effective than internet

    The study was undertaken by researchers at the Glasgow Caledonian University supported by the IOSH Research and Development Fund. The researchers concluded:

    “The results showed that all experimental groups out- performed control groups, with the novice groups demonstrating the greatest increase in both hazards spotted and quality of alternative options recommended. This means that using the multimedia digital tool was more effective than merely searching the internet, especially for inexperienced graduates

    Future integration of the tool with Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology would provide an ideal opportunity to develop further and test the theories around visualisation and the application of knowledge databases through visual means. This may also help to determine additional strategies to help architects in particular gain more from use of the tool.

    Don’t forget…The research had the typical constraints of a 12-month study, which limited the scope to only two types of designer and a maximum of 40 participants. This had implications for statistical tests once filtering was performed to the point where only five cases per group could be used.”

     

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