The CDM Regulations 2015 brought with them the new dutyholder, the ‘Principal Designer’. This role takes responsibility for health and safety during the pre-construction stage of a project.
Where BAQUS have a design input on a project, we can perform the role of Principal Designer, namely:
• We will plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase of the project, including the identification, elimination or control of foreseeable risks and ensuring that other designers carry out their duties.
• We will provide and distribute relevant information (in conjunction with the client) to other duty holders, namely the pre-construction information
• We will liaise with the Principal Contractor and provide him with information to assist with the planning, arrangement, monitoring and coordination of the construction phase
• We will organise collation of information required to formulate the Health and Safety File and will ensure it is delivered to the client at the end of the project.
• We will ensure as far as reasonably practicable that everyone involved in working on the pre-construction phase, cooperates with each other and is complies with their duties.
• We will ensure that the design work in the pre-construction phase contributes to the delivery of positive health and safety outcomes. This will be done via CDM specific design team meetings, using the General Principles of Prevention to:
• Identify and discuss risks
• Decide on control measures and agree on information required to help the PC prepare the construction phase plan