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Principal Designer CDM Services

Our Principal Designer Services include:

  • Helping and advising the client in bringing together pre-construction information and providing the information Designers and Contractors need to carry out their duties.
  • Working with designers and Architects on the project to eliminate foreseeable Health and Safety design risks associated with the projects design.
  • The completion of in-depth design risk registers for projects.
  • Ensuring that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required.
  • Liaising with the Principal Contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase..

At USP, we have been involved as a Principal Designer on hundreds of projects, from social housing through to large commercial fit-outs and everything in between. All our Principal Designer appointments are backed up with significant experience and qualification, as well as registered membership of the Association of Project Safety.

USP work across SussexSurrey, Kent, London and throughout the UK including Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings.

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“Kevin and his team at USP have become an invaluable professional health and safety principal designer resource for a number of our UK Solar/PV major projects. The USP consultants, led by Kevin have provided a robust health and safety lead during the pre-project planning and development of our projects. I would recommend Kevin and his team to any potential client looking for Principal Designer Services.”

Maria Ocana | Global Health, Safety and Environmental Lead
SunEdison Solar LLC

What is a Principal Designer?

The HSE states that a Principal Designer is a designer who is an organisation or individual appointed by the client to take control of the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor.

The Principal Designer must have the right skills, knowledge and experience, and, if they are an organisation, the organisational capability necessary to fulfil the role of Principal Designer. In essence, they should have:

  • Technical knowledge of the construction industry, relevant to the project;
  • An understanding of how Health and Safety is managed through the design process; and
  • The skills to be able to oversee Health and Safety during the construction phase.
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What Is the Role of a Principal Designer?

The Principal Designer must plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health and safety, this includes:

  • Identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks
  • Ensuring designers carry out their duties
  • Prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders
  • Liaise with the Principal Contractor to help in the planning, management, monitoring and co-ordination of the construction phase
  • Produce the Health and Safety File (H&S File) and Pre-construction information (PCI).

Finally, if asked to do so by the client, the Principal Designer can complete the F10 documentation and submit it to the HSE.

What is CDM?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, herein called CDM is the assessments and management of Health and Safety Hazards and Risks involved in all construction works in the United Kingdom, both domestic and commercial. This means that the CDM regulations applies to anything from a homeowner having structural works completed on their property, all the way to the building of large skyscrapers, stadiums etc.

The Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015, often referred to as ‘CDM’ was introduced in 2015. The 2015 CDM regulations introduced the duty holder position of ‘Principal Designer’.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does CDM stand for?

CDM stands for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

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Central Leisure Developments has worked with USP and in particular with Kevin Kerin for several years now to obtain all of our health and safety requirements across a broad range of exhibition projects from on-site installation to workshop safety. His knowledge and understanding of our practices and working methods ensure that all documentation is not only accurate but informative to all our staff. Time is not always on our side with the projects but we can rely on Kevin and the USP team to produce the documentation we need on time and in full every time, I would highly recommend Kevin and his team at USP to anyone’s business.

Mark Hurcombe, Project Director
Central Leisure Developments Ltd

USP have provided us with Health and Safety advice for many years now, including issuing our Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and carrying out Sit Safety Audits. They have taken the stress out of trying to keep up to date with all new legislations and they always provide us with a common-sense approach to incorporating any changes into our policies.

Kevin does not only cover all matters of Health & Safety; he also helps us generate new business and helps with all the legal jargon that comes with it. We would certainly be lost without his support, and he is always at the end of the phone. Kevin will always strive to assist with whatever the query and is a pleasure to work with.

We are delighted with his endeavours and no-nonsense approach and would happily recommend USP services to others.

James Lacey, Managing Director
Solent Interiors Ltd

We have been using Universal Safety Practitioners Limited’s excellent, efficient and cost-effective services for a number of years. They have provided us with excellent and speedy support and guidance on all matters of Health and Safety and related matters. We would highly recommend to others, their knowledge, skills and application in all aspects of company safety.

Andy Blunden