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Health and safety in construction. Designers shouldnt commence work on a project unless the client for the project is fully aware of his duties under the Construction (Design and Management)2007 Regulations.

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Health and safety in Construction Jacob Korsand Designers roles and responsibilities in health and safety Designers shouldn't commence work on a project unless the client for the project is fully aware of his duties under the Construction (Design and Management)2007 Regulations. The duties of a designer would be to appoint a CDM coordinator, they must ensure this person is competent for the job otherwise they are liable Every designer preparing or modifying a design which may be used in construction work in Great Britain must avoid foreseeable risks to the health and safety of any person (a) Carrying out construction work; (b) Liable to be affected by such construction work; (c) Cleaning any window or any transparent or translucent wall, ceiling or roof in or on a structure (d) Maintaining the permanent fixtures and fittings of a structure; or (e) Using a structure designed as a workplace. (f) Eliminate hazards which may give rise to risks; and (g) Reduce risks from any remaining hazards, and in so doing shall give collective measures priority over individual measures. (h) In designing any structure for use as a workplace the designer shall take account of the provisions of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 which relate to the design of, and materials used in, the structure. (i) The designer shall take all reasonable steps to provide with his team sufficient information about aspects of the design of the structure or its construction or maintenance as will adequately assist- (a) ...read more.


8 Appoint a CDM co-ordinator Your CDM co-ordinator is there to advise and assist you with your CDM duties on notifiable jobs. They will: - advise you about selecting competent designers and contractors; - help identify what information will be needed by designers and contractors; - co-ordinate the arrangements for health and safety during the planning phase; - ensure that HSE is notified of the project; - tell you if the initial construction phase plan is suitable; and - prepare a health and safety file for you (this contains useful information you need to enable future cleaning, maintenance and alterations to be carried out safely). You should appoint the CDM co-ordinator as soon as possible, but no later than the initial design/preparation stage. CDM 2007 does not require the CDM co-ordinator to supervise or monitorwork on site. 9 Appoint a principal contractor A principal contractor is needed to plan, manage and co-ordinate work while construction work is being carried out on notifiable jobs. Principal contractors are usually the main or managing contractor for the work. You should appoint the principal contractor at the earliest opportunity. This is so they can be involved in discussions about buildability, usability and maintainability and so they can have time to plan the work properly. 10 Ensure a health and safety plan is in place The principal contractor has to produce a construction phase health and safety plan outlining the key arrangements to ensure that the work is carried out safely. ...read more.


a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety (The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999) * This means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take. * In most cases this will include consideration of: * The task * The working environment * Working materials and tools * The suitability of those carrying out the task * Arrangements for emergency rescue * Appointment of a supervisor * Ensuring the necessary precautions are taken * Isolation * Mechanical * Electrical * Pipework * Are persons suitable for the type of work * Experienced * Have they received training * Are they fit for the job M2 Firstly the designer and contractor will inform the client of his responsibility under legislation to appoint a CDM co-ordinator, then the designer will show his plans follow health and safety laws by showing the drawings to the CDM, they will then check it and send it to the planning department for permission to build. Once permission has been granted the designer may discuss with the project manager the safest way to set up the site with a suitable loading space and how to keep danger away from members of the public. Then certain jobs like foundations would need to be discussed between the designer and contractor to what risks may arise and what measures could be put in place to stop them, if problems arise workers may inform management of dangers or infringements of health and safety regulations. ...read more.

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