Designer Duties

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


Designer Duties

Designers must:

  • 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.

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