Who is a “designer”?
Under the regulations you are a designer if you are engaged in preparing drawings, particulars, specifications, calculations and bills of quantities in relation to a project. Designer Duties are specified below.
The term designer includes:
- architects and engineers contributing to, or having overall responsibility for the design
- building services engineers designing details of fixed plant
- surveyors specifying articles or substances or drawing up specifications
- contractors carrying out design work as part of a design and build project
- anyone with authority to specify, or alter the specification or designs to be used for the structure
- designers of temporary works or specialist suppliers designing formwork and falsework
- interior designers, shop fitters and landscape architects; and
- specialist suppliers, specialist contractors or sub-contractors with design input
- Identify any hazards that their design may present during construction and subsequent maintenance;
- Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risk e.g. can roof-mounted equipment be placed at ground level or can guardrails be provided to protect workers from falling?
- Communicate necessary control measures, design assumptions or remaining risks to the PSDP so they can be dealt with in the safety and health plan;
- Co-operate with other designers, PSDP and PSCS;
- Take account of any existing safety and health plan or safety file;
- Comply with directions issued by the PSDP or PSCS;
- Where no PSDP has been appointed, inform the client that a PSDP must be appointed.