A Principal Designer can be an organisation or individual who is appointed by the Client (commercial or domestic) to take the lead in planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating health and safety during the pre-construction phase (design and planning stage) of a project involving, or likely to involve, more than one contractor.
A Principal Designer is a designer (as defined in the CDM 2015 Regs) with control over the pre-construction phase with the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to carry out all the functions of the role.
As Principal Designer, you have an important role in influencing how the risks to health and safety are managed and incorporate and influence the wider management of a project and several other responsibilities. Design decisions during the pre-construction phase that can have a significant effect on whether a project is delivered in a way that secures health and safety. Close co-operation with the Client and the Principal Contractor and coordinating the work of others in the project team to ensure that significant and foreseeable risks are managed throughout the whole process.
To demonstrate you have the health and safety skills, knowledge and experience, and where you are an organisation, the organisational capability, to carry out the work you are being appointed for and must be proportionate to the complexity of the project and the range and nature of the risks involved.
This will involve having the technical knowledge of the construction industry relevant to the project, understanding, managing, and coordinating the pre-construction phase (including ensuring that significant and foreseeable risks are managed through the design process) and any design work carried out after construction begins.
Appointing LCS will give you the expertise and peace of mind to fulfil your legal duties as a duty holder to minimise and manage health and safety risks.
By ensuring health and safety is considered when making decisions and assist with the integration so you are confident in delivering your role.
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