Principal Designer CDM Responsibilities

Who is the Principal Designer

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.   

What must you do

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. 

The benefits of appointing an LCS CDM Advisor

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. 

How we help

By ensuring health and safety is considered when making decisions and assist with the integration so you are confident in delivering your role. 

With you we :  

  • Develop the initial brief for Client and assist in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information 
  • Overseeing of the construction design and ensure that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other 
  • Appointment the competent Principal Contractor and liaise with PC for the duration of the appointment 
  • Assist in the planning, managing, monitoring and co ordinating the Health and Safety in the pre-construction phase of a project 
  • Pre-construction information, and provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties 
  • Experienced professional knowledge to eliminate any foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the project work and, where that is not possible, work with you to take steps to reduce or control those risk  
  • Liaise and work with you with and the PC in keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase and to help plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety  
  • Site audits and safety inspections  
  • Prepare and develop the Health & Safety file, including all relevant information ready for hand over the file to the Client on successful project completion.