According to the HSA to qualify as a PSDP you must have:
In order to improve health and safety in the construction industry the Safety, Health and Welfare Construction Regulations 2013 assigned duties and responsibilities to the client to appoint a project supervisor design process (PSDP). To qualify as a PSDP the duties are to engage and manage all the participants involved in the health & safety of a project from conception to completion.
The PSDP is usually appointed even before the design work commences. This early intervention in H&S by effective PSDP has minimised costs for many of our leading clients. Architects, chartered surveyors, consulting engineers or project managers can often make up the PSDP. When the design requirements are minimal, it can be the main contractor. The regulations also require that only 1 PSDP is appointed for each independent project.
As an experienced industry professional you may certainly have the relevant experience and the communication skills to act as project supervisor. It is as a direct result of the demand for satisfying the last HSA requirement for training that our industry experts here at CMSE Consultancy have developed PSDP training . We have provided this training not only to private clients but also on public basis to anyone who needs to become educated on the role and function of a PSDP. This training is approved by IOSH and provides an industry-recognised IOSH certification upon successful completion of the course.
You will have to manage the safety file and ensure co-ordination of all design activities with a view to protecting the safety, health and welfare of persons involved in construction work.
According to the HSA your primary duties will be to:
In practical terms one of your main responsibilities as a PSDP will be to take account of the general principles of prevention during the various stages of the design and preparation of a project. Establishing the project timeframe with the co-operation of the client and the designers is vital. You will need to be satisfied that all work will be completed within reasonable time frames.
Consideration for how the activities of each designer impinge on other designers and how risk assessments may need modification as a result of this. You will have a key role in identifying any gaps that may have been left in the assessment process.
According to the HSA the main purpose of initiating the plan is to provide the following information:
Where these risks are likely to be aggravated by the presence of another significant hazard then a particular risk may be present, for example working at height adjacent to fragile roofing materials may make it impracticable to provide standard scaffolding.
There may also be a specific legal requirement for health monitoring where a work activity puts a person’s health at risk from hazardous substances or preparations e.g. stripping of lagging which contains asbestos. The complexity of the project will determine the detail that is required in documenting. However, you will be required to document how you have complied and your conclusions will also need to give clarity to the PSCS and others during the construction of the project.
CMSE Consultancy have a reputation for generating significant savings because of our policy of early intervention in design safety issues. CMSE Consultancy provide effective safety expertise to assist designers, architects, project managers, etc. in fulfilling the PSDP and Health & Safety Co-ordinator roles. The practicality and ease of application of our solutions is the hallmark of our services. For more details please click here.
The two day CMSE Training IOSH accredited, PSDP course will provide you with a comprehensive review of regulation legislation, the duties of the PSDP, of designers and also the general principles of prevention. The course will also give you the opportunity to participate in practical workshops on developing your preliminary H&S plan and carrying out designer risk assessments. The course will also provide you with a review of effective management of the safety file and a construction plan. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive your IOSH PSDP Certification which will prepare you to return to your workplace ready to implement your new PSDP skills and knowledge. For more details on the course please click here.