A principal designer is appointed by the client of projects with more than one contractor.
It can be an organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience and ability to carry out the role.
The principal designer (PD) must be a designer and have control over the pre-construction phase of the project.
The PD is responsible for planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project.
- identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks
- ensuring designers carry out their duties.
- Preparing and providing relevant information to other dutyholders.
The PD also liaises with the principal contractor to help in the planning, management and monitoring of the health and safety in the construction phase.
The PD will usually be an organisation or, on smaller projects,they can be an individual with:
- a technical knowledge of the construction industry, relevant to the project
- the understanding and skills to manage and co-ordinate the pre-constructionphase, including any design work carried out after construction begins.
The PD should have the organisational capability to carry out the role, as well as the necessary design skills, knowledge and experience.
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The Consultants Health and Safety Forum have produced guidance on their interpretation of the competencies required to undertake the role of PD.