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PROJECT SUPERVISOR FOR THE DESIGN PROCESS (PSDP)

With any construction project Health & Safety is now paramount. The client or employer has huge responsibility under current legislation.

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 it is a requirement for the client to appoint in writing ‘a competent and adequately resourced Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP)'.

The duty of the PSDP is to ensure co-ordination of the work of designers throughout the project. The PSDP must:

  • Identify hazards arising from the design or from the technical, organisational, planning or time related aspects of the project;
  • Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks;
  • Communicate necessary control measure, design assumptions or remaining risks to the PSCS so they can be dealt with in the safety and health plan;
  • Ensure that the work of designers is coordinated to ensure safety;
  • Organise co-operation between designers;
  • Prepare a written safety and health plan for any project where construction will take more than 500 person days or 30 working days or there is a particular risk and deliver it to the client prior to tender;
  • Prepare a safety file for the completed structure and give it to the client;
  • Notify the Authority and the client of non-compliance with any written directions issued.

The PSDP may issue directions to designers or contractors or others.

For more information see here

by Richard Hatch

PROJECT SUPERVISOR FOR THE DESIGN PROCESS (PSDP)

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