These days it is not uncommon for an architect to be designated as Principal Designer for a construction project. The 2015 Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) stipulate that a Principal Designer can be an individual or organisation controlling the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor.
One of the most important aspects of a Principal Designer’s role is to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate all aspects of health and safety for the project.
The question arises, however, as to how well prepared they are for this aspect of the role or even whether they want to take it on.
This was the case with a project I was recently involved with where the architect was quite candid. “I’ve spent my life behind a drawing board and I’m not competent to instruct builders on a site regarding health and safety”, he said.
This is a case where an expert in health and safety is essential, either as the Principal Designer or as an appointed consultant for a project. We here at Auxil are fully qualified to undertake such a role.
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