Construction Design Management

Construction (Design & Management) Services

Investigation and study has shown that the construction industry has an unacceptable high accident rate. Therefore it is important to provide improved management of projects directly from the projects conception, through to its final demolition. In order for health and safety standards to improve, collective cooperation is needed at each level within the construction industry.

Regulations and guidance set out in the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) designed an effective framework for improved management of all construction works.

These regulations require the systematic management of projects from its first concept and planning stage to its eventual completion. All hazards must first be identified and eliminated where possible. If there are any remaining risks they to must be reduced and controlled. This framework applies to the construction, operation, maintenance and eventual demolition. The ACOP aims to clarify the important issues such as roles and responsibilities of various duty holders. It also assists in the preparation of health and safety plans and health and safety files.

Theses regulations benefit everyone involved in a project by:

  • Focusing on project planning and risk management

  • Improving Health and Safety by taking necessary steps to produce preventative measures

  • Making sure qualified individuals are enrolled in jobs to manage risks on site

  • Helps build strategies and effective planning to manage all risks and not the paperwork

  • Ensures that the entire workforce is responsible for controlling site Health and Safety initiatives. This includes [1]checking that all work conditions are risk free before work begins.

With an ever increasing Health and Safety conscious environment, the construtcion industry must create a 'safe' environment throughout the life of a construction project. This ensures safety for all, no matter how small the project. It starts at the initial design, operation, maintenance and continues through to demolition and replacement.

It is imperative to understand that each individual in the construction industry has a responsibility for health and safety. Thisalso includes improving the industry's health and safety record. A CDM co-coordinator is required where a project is 'notifiable'.

The CDM co-ordinatior duties include:

  • Assisting clients with their duties and offering advise where necessary

  • Keeping HSE informed with all details pertaining to the project at hand

  • Help co-ordinate and implement health and safety initiatives by co-operating with others involved

  • Help facilitate communication between clients, designers and contractors

  • Liaise and effectively communicate with the principal contractor regarding ongoing work

  • Properly identifying, collecting and forwarding pre-construction information

  • Preparing all necessary reports and documentation


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